To the Editor: On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans who shared a set of common values took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to call for a healthy, sustainable environment. The massive public action on that first Earth Day sent an overwhelming message to Congress; the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act soon followed.
The environmental crisis we face today is even larger. A million species are now at risk of going extinct and human civilization is in jeopardy on our current climate pollution path.
On Sept. 20, 2019, millions of students and supportive adults in over 150 countries will participate in a peaceful global strike to raise public awareness and to pressure governments and corporations to address our growing man-made climate crisis.
We must act swiftly to avoid irreversible consequences and escalating costs. Solutions such as carbon fee and dividend with border adjustments are bipartisan, effective, fair and bring enormous co-benefits.
Accelerating the transition to clean energy, efficiency, sustainable land use and regenerative agriculture will bring a better future for us all.
Who will strike for climate action? Millions who share a love for the incredible and life-sustaining biodiversity in our world, and who want a secure future for tomorrow and future generations.
What we each do, or don’t do, right now, matters. Whether you plan to climate strike or not, please watch the TED talk by Greta Thunberg, the high school student from Sweden who started it all. Then decide for yourself.