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This week our nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, a revolutionary event in American history that helped to encourage racial equality in this country -- truly a great event to celebrate. But as I looked at the front page of the newspaper today, I couldn’t help but think, “Where are the climate change marchers? Where are the hundreds of thousands of citizens, willing to march today to change policies that affect not just every American, but every person on the planet?”
On this page, I’ve written about my family’s experiences, marching against the current lack of fracking regulations and for the need for alternatives to fossil fuels. When the crowds got to 30,000, we were thrilled! But as millions of people are threatened with permanent loss of their homes due to sea level rise or due to ever-increasing natural disasters caused by climate fluctuations, shouldn’t the climate change crowds be bigger? As oceans become more acidic, due to man-made input of CO2, shouldn’t our congressional representatives’ phones be ringing off the hook? As species go extinct because they can’t move quickly enough to adjust to climate change, shouldn’t the outcry be deafening?
I usually try to stay upbeat and positive about environmental issues and challenges, but today’s news for some reason affected me differently. After over 20 years of scientists warning us of the dire affects of climate change, I just have to ask, “where are our marchers?”