Time for action

To the Editor: The time for climate action is now. In New Hampshire, we’re seeing extreme and severe changes in weather that are plaguing our communities. Wintertime used to be filled with sledding, snowmobiling and skiing, but in recent years, inadequate snowfall, heavy rains or shortened seasons has affected these activities.

Many people rely on winter sports as their only means of employment during the winter months. They’re having increasing difficulty providing for their families now. Tourism is also dropping because of the lack of natural snowfall, causing small businesses to close.

People aren’t the only ones being affected by climate change. Bears and other hibernating animals are waking up earlier from their hibernation and are being forced to seek food from “human” areas. Sometimes, these animals are killed instead of relocated, which impacts the survival of their species.

With climate change being such a pertinent issue, it isn’t being treated like the crisis it is.

Eighty-four percent of Democrats believe climate change is an emergency . Yet, in the first three Democratic debates, moderators only gave 45 minutes to discussion of climate change. They had more than 11 hours of debate time.

In the most recent debate, the moderators didn’t ask a single question about climate change. There must be more time and effort dedicated to ensuring that climate change is a top priority. Moderators must make climate change a top discussion and candidates must do their part as well to elevate the issue.

MELISSA ROBINSON

School Street, Manchester

MELISSA ROBINSON

School Street, Manchester