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It is Vitally Important to Make Connections

July 8, 2011

We in the United States are feeling the effects of climate change in big ways. This April, we set a record, of which we’re not proud, for the most tornadoes in U.S. history. On May 22, a massive tornado tore through Joplin, Missouri, a small town in the Midwest, that claimed approximately 157 lives, the most deadly tornado to hit the U.S. in 60 years, according to the National Weather Service.

Then, there’s America’s Southwest. Arizona, New Mexico and Texas suffered from devastating wildfires this spring that burned more of America this year than any wildfires have in previous years. As well, I mustn’t fail to mention other records set this year: historic snowfalls and rainfalls caused record flooding along the Mississippi River.

Many in our country argue that these events are unrelated to climate change. These catastrophic disasters are random and unpredictable, the climate change nay-sayers say.

However, a recent editorial by Bill McKibben in the Washington Post cleverly examined the connection between the scary weather extremes I outlined above and global warming. He makes a strong case in proving how vital it is for us to put the pieces together and make such connections.

And, as if Mr. McKibben’s piece weren’t compelling enough, it’s been brought to life. Stephen Thomson of narrated and illustrated this video based on the Washington Post editorial. If a picture says a thousand words, the video you’re about to watch says a million.

While clearly sarcastic, the footage ellicits feelings of concern in each of us. But hopefully the feelings evoked drive action, for collectively we can reverse climate change. Earth Hour reminds us that we can each go beyond the hour and commit ourselves to ongoing action for our planet that can, and will, make a difference.
I’m honored to write for Earth Hour, and I look forward to continual analysis of the state of affairs in the United States with resepct to climate change matters and our sustainability efforts. I’ll also shed a beautiful and bright light on the women in our world who are making a difference in vast and varied ways for Mother Earth in my series “Heroines for the Planet.” My writing here will inspire and provide you with reasons to be hopeful, and I hope you’ll visit me back here again very soon.

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