Opinion: Individual acts aren’t enough to address climate change

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Amanda Harlfinger lives in Mattapoisett.

Climate change is an urgent matter that requires the world’s attention.

There is this false image of the world becoming greener through individual acts. In reality, this greener world can only be achieved if we start to recognize our toxic reliance on fossil fuels and start demanding positions of authority to lead us towards a cleaner future.

Fossil fuels, such as natural gas and methods such as fracking, is a topic everyone should be against, yet no one seems to care about the lives affected by it. Not only does fracking poison groundwater, pollute surface water, and destroy wildlife, but it pollutes the air with chemicals that can cause childhood leukemia, cardiac problems, and even possibly cause cancer. About 80 percent of our energy consumption is reliant on fossil fuels, and this statistic will continue to grow if drastic changes are not made.

Fortunately, the modern era offers clean, renewable energy sources that can replace these fossil fuels and many states have already started this transition. The 100% Clean Act is a steppingstone towards this cleaner future as it will commit Massachusetts to 100% clean electricity by 2035 and 100% clean heating and transportation by 2045.

I highly encourage Massachusetts to commit to the 100% Clean Act in order to secure the cleaner future we should live in. 

Amanda Harlfinger


This letter to the editor was originally published in The Herald News and can be found here.