Fossil fuels burdening us with climate change, plastic waste

I believe that we in the U.S. have little idea of what the impacts that global warming and climate change are having and will have on our own persons. The impacts on the majority of the rest of the planet, which consists of vast numbers of poor and in some cases starving people whose lives have been severely impacted by planetary-wide climate shifts, are easy to see at this time; but what about us, as individuals.

As fossil fuels begin to diminish in availability via our rightful efforts at reducing carbon emissions, consider the impacts on our everyday lives: e.g., the fact that fossil fuels permeate every facet of our lives is quickly and easily understood when we look at the part that plastics (a product of fossil fuels) play in our lives. Just step back and take inventory of everything around you and how much of what we buy, own, live in, on and around is made of plastic — one of the least biodegradable products ever invented; planet-wide we are already being buried under it — with micro-plastic particles floating in the very air we breathe.

We’re going to have to all understand that we need to pull together to do what is going to be necessary to survive ourselves and what we’ve done to our planet. We in our privileged and comfortable society are going to have to make some serious sacrifices, and make some paradigm shifts in our living patterns, together; the alternatives are unacceptable.

Jim Bloss

Citizens Climate Lobby, Snohomish County

Monroe

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