Letter to the editor | Leave a better legacy

September 6, 2013 

Today, many people talk about “leaving a legacy,” touching the future in some meaningful way.

Through the legacies we leave, we touch the future of all who come after us.

Unfortunately, thanks to inaction by our political leaders in the matter of climate change, we are leaving a horrible legacy to future generations.

We are leaving a vastly changed environment — one that will alter every aspect of life on Earth for the worse for all people, plants and animals.

Our elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson and Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey, must face the scientifically proven reality of human-generated climate change.

They must lead in a direction toward a future free of dependence on fossil fuels.

Weak politicians — those without the character of true leaders — try to scare us with talk of “job-killing regulations.”

It’s just the opposite: Anything short of regulations and plans to wean us away from a carbon-based economy are the real killers.

We must all do our part, but if our leaders don’t take strong action on climate change, they are guilty of leaving a devastating and deadly legacy.

Nancy R. Chiswick

Ferguson Township

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