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Our actions are contributing to global warming, natural disasters

• Sep 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM

NOTE: The following letter to the editor was submitted by John Sabin of Oberlin:

Thanks to the Norwalk Reflector for reporting on the danger of Hurricane Irma (9-7-17).

If a terrorist organization were causing as much destruction as recent hurricanes and wildfires in the US, we would stop at nothing to make sure they never happened again. With natural disasters, we act passively, just hunkering down and picking up the pieces as best we can after the fact--as if we had no control over these events. And, of course, hurricanes and wildfires are natural events.

But they are made worse by global warming, which is caused by human beings burning fossil fuels, and putting more and more carbon dioxide--a heat-trapping gas--into the atmosphere. Our own actions are contributing to these natural disasters, and there are actions we can take to reverse this. If you would like to be part of the solution, check out citizensclimatelobby.org and volunteer, or call your members of congress and ask them to take action to reverse global warming.

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