, Newburyport, MA


May 12, 2014

Stop use of fossil fuels

To the editor:

The government, the oil and gas industry, the arms industry and heaven knows Wall Street won’t do a thing to protect and defend Mother Earth, and all that lives thereon. The maniacal lust for wealth and power rules.

So, who can act? Who will starve the beasts that are devouring our planet? Only if those ravaging powers are denied fodder will they slow down. It is left to common folk, the 99 percent who has little or no say in how the world is run, to bring about change. With 15 years to end the rush to planetary devastation, we must stop the use of fossil fuels. Period.

What to do? What to do? Trade in competition for cooperation and innovate! Stop supplying the money and manpower that serves the beasts. Go solar, go wind, go geothermal, conserve. And welcome big, fundamental changes in how we live. To keep mobile but fossil fuel-free, develop all means of locomotion, including hand-operated, muscle-powered trolleys, even expanded skateboard and cycling technologies. (Giving up the gross overuse of gas-powered vehicles will be hard, but must be done.) Garden everywhere and anywhere possible, except in wild places that nourish the soul. Imagine breathable air, drinkable water, healthy food, and just how fit we’d become. Dream up solutions for a vastly altered lifestyle.

Sound crazy? Foolish? Impossible? Well, a dead planet doesn’t sound so good either, not now and not for the generations to come. Supposedly there is still time to stop the slide to extinction by climate change, but not unless we act, and act as if our lives depend on it.

Diana Philip


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