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To the Editor:
The last of my three children left for college in August and my husband and I are now official “empty nesters.” As all parents do, I hope that I have prepared my daughters for their new endeavors and have instilled values and habits that will allow them to thrive. I then begin to think about all the students I have taught and coached over the last 30 years and wonder not only what knowledge they gained in my classroom and on the playing field but also what world they will inherit from my generation.
So, in preparation for Tuesday’s election, I went back to watch portions of the Town Council Candidate Debate. As the old adage goes, “all politics is local.” With that at the forefront of my mind, I paused when I heard Mary Fay’s comments about climate change. “There is science that says [climate change] is not created by humans. I think it is important to be open minded about all this,”
According to NASA, “97% of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities, and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.” Mary Fay argues that there are “two schools of thought on [climate change] and we should respect that,” I am interested in the “other school” of science that claims climate change is not a result of human actions but none was offered.
Change does start with the West Hartford Town Council and who we choose to vote for matters. I feel when it comes to our environment, we have no time to waste. We can’t “respect” a position that places our world, and the futures of our children, in jeopardy. As the teen activist Greta Thunberg said in New York, “We deserve a safe future. We demand a safe future. Is that really too much to ask?”