Time to take action for climate change solutions – www.elizabethton.com

To the Editor:
We’ve been reading, watching, and talking about climate for some time now, but what do we know about solutions? We need a solution now that the majority of taxpayers are concerned about more extreme weather events lasting longer even in Tennessee. Droughts/fires such as the one we experienced recently at Mount Roan and the frequent flooding with tornadoes are devastating for Tennessee residents with loss of life, trauma, costly damage, rebuilding costs, and missed school days. Additionally, Drew Costley of the Associated Press reports that climate change and infectious disease experts agree that a warming planet is likely to increase the risk of new viruses and other pathogens spreading from animals to humans.
More than ten years ago I was diagnosed with Lyme disease which I most likely contracted through deer ticks in Georgia when I visited my family. With long-term irreversible changes in the warmer Tri-Cities, we can expect to see more fleas and other disease-carrying animals migrate to these mountains as our climate changes. Is it any wonder that many of us have anxiety and even depression about climate change? Once we realize that we can and should use our voices to talk about solutions, we see solutions everywhere.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has partnered with Climate Interactive to create a global climate simulator that demonstrates the many ways we can help mitigate climate change now and in the short term ahead. The Citizen Climate Lobby is focused on informing citizens and lobbying legislators about the most effective and least disruptive lever or action that is carbon costs and money back to all households. There are many interesting features on both sides of the aisle. It doesn’t grow the government, and polluters pay a fee that is returned to each household each month to offset the expenses charged to us as consumers. There are also safeguards for businesses with border carbon adjustments that are currently being discussed by both sides. Border fees will help our business in this country and hold other countries like Russia, China and India accountable for polluting the atmosphere. Most economists agree that this HR 2307 would be a viable option for us.
So far 1,333 businesses; 53 educational institutions; 172 religious groups; 1018 notable people including Katherine Hayhoe, Evangelical Christian, Climate Scientist; 160 local governments; 33 news media; and 326 non-profit organizations across the country have supported the bill. Locally, the following businesses, nonprofits, and religious groups have supported HR2307: Artisans Village, Brown’s Hardware and Grocery, Cranberries Café, Dos Gatos Coffee Bar, First Presbyterian Church in Elizabethton, Friends of Roan Mountain, Green Earth Mountain Retreat, Green Ilama, Greenher Landscaping, Hoffman Composting, Krazy Krepes, Main Street Cafe and Catering, Nelson Fine Arts, Chiropractic Purelife, Ripshin Mountain Studio Apartments, Russ Swanay Real Estate and Tennessee Farm Winery Alliance. There are 96 co-sponsors in Congress of the Carbon Cost and Dividend bill and we all agree with Ms. JE Hyder in his Letter to the Editor on May 4th about the harm to our earth related to use and disuse. God intends for us to be stewards of our beautiful earth. We see evidence of rising temperatures, depletion of animals and plants in the oceans, longer and more intense fire seasons, pollution and heatwaves claiming more lives, and crop and livestock failure due to droughts and floods. We know the solution — let’s take action for our families, neighbors, Carter County, and Tennessee. Talk about climate change with your neighbors and legislators. Ask your legislator to sponsor HR2307.

Norma Morrison
Mount Roan

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