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Letters, Sept. 5

Make the commitment

What am I willing to give up to help ensure that future generations inherit a livable world? This idea has vast implications. For starters, here are some possibilities:

1. Lifestyle: Less is more. Cut back on getting stuff. Spend more time with family and friends, face to face, sans smartphone.

2. Food: Eat less meat, or no meat.

3. Transportation: Choose the bus over flying and driving.

4. Join one of the climate change organization for giving and receiving support.

Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, spent three weeks on a boat rather than flying to New York. She is a role model. Making this commitment means a change in our lifestyle, a slower pace, doing less. The alternative is the extinction of our species.

How to make this huge commitment is the No.1 issue we face. It’s an awesome idea, as if people aren’t already having to deal with difficult situations. But then, look at history. Look at the protesters in Hong Kong: steady protesting for about two months, facing tear gas and water cannon.

It is impossible to quench the human spirit. It surges forth, refusing to die. So we must struggle through our daunting challenge: Be of stout heart and muster firm resolve to stay focused on our goal: a livable earth for humankind.

Carola Lacy

Ashland

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