Dealing with our ecological crisis is a big project requiring our combined efforts. It will not be easy to make the fundamental changes that we need, but we can do it.
Our collective will is powerful. We have accomplished amazing things in the past. During WWII, we planted victory gardens and lived with rationing. Today, we can’t even imagine making do with weekly rations of three gallons of gas, 28 ounces of meat, and four ounces of cheese; but we pulled together then for the common good and took pride in working together.
In less than a decade, we fulfilled John F. Kennedy's goal to send a man to the moon. We eradicated smallpox, not just in the U.S. but the entire world. We dramatically improved the quality of our air and water through the Clean Air Act of 1970 and the Clean Water Act of 1972. Through an international treaty, the Montreal Protocol of 1989, we are allowing the ozone layer to recover.
Rather than having to explain to our children why there are no more polar bears or why so many people are suffering from hunger and thirst, let us instead be able to tell them how we all worked together to leave a better world for them.
Charles Delman, Charleston