To the Editor:
The IPCC has declared that we have 10 years to cut carbon emissions in half, thereby assuring a livable planet for the next generations. Though the president insists it is a hoax, our Vineyard community is already experiencing, firsthand, the impacts of climate change. We know it is happening and that it is accelerating. We the people must act, together, in spite of the current power structure’s unwillingness to acknowledge and address this crisis. We must forge ahead with or without the support of our federal government by acting on a local and state level and by electing leadership up and down the ballot with the vision and commitment to enact a swift sea change.
A Global Climate Strike takes place this Friday, Sept. 20. Young people all across the globe will be demanding urgent action from their governments. For those who can travel to Boston, there will be a Global Climate Strike at City Hall Plaza from 10 am to 1:30 pm. Here on the Island, numerous actions will be taking place for people to join. Go to islandclimateaction.org for a list of events on the Vineyard.
Let’s all step up to support our youth’s call for action as they walk out of their schools and universities. (NYC public schools have sanctioned an excused absentee policy for this day for any student with parental permission who wants to participate in the Climate Strike.) Take an hour of your time on Friday to join a public action to show solidarity and a willingness to fight with young people for their livable future on this planet.