Letter: Step up to the plate in your community

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To the editor:The recent Bennington Banner editorial "Need to Prepare for Climate Challenges" cites a UVM study indicating that good snowmobiling days have dropped from 130/year in 1960 to 75/year today.This study is just one of over 6,000 scientific studies referenced by conservative UN IPCC scientists which predicts in its 2018 Climate assessment, that we have only 12 more years before reaching the 1.5 C degree threshold after which it may be impossible to turn our warming climate around. The recently released 1700 page US National Climate assessment prepared by 13 federal agencies, paints a much grimmer and apocalyptic picture for the USA within three generations - threatening not only the future of our kids and grandkids but for civilization itself — if we do not act decisively now.Many Vermont communities have made significant progress in addressing climate change challenges but there is still so much more we can do. At the Jan. 31 Southwestern Regional Energy Forum over 50 representatives from 12 Bennington County communities came together to form "local energy committees," joining over 100 other Vermont community energy committees already working to respond decisively to this serious threat to our state, nation and civilization.Some avoid addressing this crisis by claiming it's a hoax; others sneak away from the work involved by wringing their hands and proclaiming that it' is too late. Like the Patriots in the Super Bowl, you don't give up if you're behind in the first half or even if you are behind in the last 30 seconds of the game. There is still time to turn things around. Please step up to the plate in your community. Form an Energy Committee that will implement your local community's energy plan. Let's roll up our sleeves and get this job done while there is still time.William C. ThwingBennington

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