On climate change

Published: 1/24/2020 11:36:41 AM
Modified: 1/24/2020 11:36:30 AM

I’m writing to share my feelings about climate change, and the work being done by the Wendell State Forest Alliance (WSFA). The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) recently cut down many acres of 100-year oak trees on public lands, allegedly in the name of forest health. WSFA has brought a case against DCR because of their concern about the climate crisis.

It will take 100 years for the forest to return to its prior state, to resume sequestering carbon and to heal wildlife habitats. We don’t have the luxury of waiting 100 years. I am not a scientist, but I am a mother of three grown children and four grandchildren. I am terrified to think of what the world will be like as they mature.

As the earth warms, not only will our local lives be affected, but people around the world will leave their homes, leading to mass migration, probable food shortages, and wars over scarce resources. Scientists have shown that the best way to sequester carbon is to leave mature trees standing. How can DCR be so callous as to think it’s okay to cut down trees to sell for lumber? It is beyond my comprehension.

My youngest son was recently married, and with great sadness, I begged him to not have children. I know he would make a great parent, but I can’t bear the thought of my grandchildren suffering.

Do the millionaires who stand to gain from exploiting our earth have children? Do they think they’re immune from a warming earth? We are committing global suicide. Most likely, the human race will die off, but hopefully the earth will recover itself. I know this sounds dismal, but we’re now at a point where only the strongest countermeasures can change this sad position.

Claudia Phillips

Leverett


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