Humanity as a Quality We Owe Each Other

Posted on behalf of Kay Young, Team Leader, Team For the MASSes.

I have devoted my summer to supporting the fossil fuel resistance across Massachusetts for reasons of every shade. A commonality between these reasons is that they are all

Alissa and I getting crafty as we prepare our art work.

Alissa and I getting crafty as we prepare our art work.

deeply rooted in emotion: fear, love, longing. However, somehow is it easy to cloak my emotions with a cerebral veil of scientific specifics about complexity and calamity, especially when appealing to others to join the movement. When I am asking someone to sign my petition it is really easy to approach a stranger and rattle off the rationale for more progressive policy. But what do I do with the ball of angsty earnest that stirs me?

Ubuntu is a word that roughly translates to “I am because we are.” The word orginated in Southern Africa in the mid-19th century originally describing human nature and rose to more prominence during the 1960′s as one of the ideals that anchored the movement from apartheid to Black majority rule in South Africa. The philosophy of Ubuntu says that people are intrinsically connected and as such we dynamically create each other. To me the philosophy comes with an imperative to justly sustain each other, both physically and mentally. Translating this philosophy into the movement to end our dependence on fossil fuels, I feel that I should strive to address both the physical and emotional environment. I want to work to shut down the infrastructure that disproportionately clouds the lungs of youths in a way that not only brings solar arrays, but simultaneously inspires reconnection with ecosystems and community.

While staying at the Common Street Community Church in Natick, Massachusetts, I have had time to reflect on my experience of Climate Summer so far. Although my teammates and I have made some strong contributions to the communities we have left behind, we had yet to contribute work that elicits an emotional response-until this week. We

The finished product of our GuerillaArtfare chalk mural.

The finished product of our GuerillaArtfare chalk mural. Around the globe, we ask our viewers, “Is THIS the FUTURE we want?”

launched a project called #guerilla artfare. The project includes a chalked mural and an installation we titled Ubuntu. We hope that through our art we can emotionally engage the people of Natick.

Check out our #GuerillaArtfare video here!

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It’s a Connected World

Posted on behalf of Ariel Schwalb, Community Outreach for the North Shore Team

At the beginning of the summer I felt very conflicted by the location of many of the towns we planned on working with because of the 30-35 mile distance from the Salem gas plant. I thought to myself: how will we engage communities to learn more about a project far away? Though the “Not in my backyard” argument is limited because the Earth is an integrated system and changing the atmosphere in one place impacts the atmosphere in any other place, it is a great way to first engage people. Even with technology allowing us to communicate worldwide, the local area takes precedence over any other area of the world. It is harder to factor in all areas of the world when planning one particular project. We humans usually don’t think on such a large scale. Individuals, families, businesses and schools are all deeply impacted by a sense of place.

The team with Conrad and Elizabeth from Newburyport, building connections across the North Shore.

The team with Conrad and Elizabeth from Newburyport, building connections across the North Shore.

After traveling through and working with those a little ways away from the plant in Amesbury, Ipswich, Newburyport, and Gloucester, my perspective has changed. I agree with my earlier self that the gas plant is Salem is not first priority in these places, I have found contentment in realizing that it doesn’t have to be at the top of their list for my team to make strong connections and to build relationships. Coming into a community is so much more than simply giving facts about a project or making an emotional argument to fight this piece of the fossil fuel puzzle. Throughout my stay I have learned about striving for peace in Amesbury, how the grid currently operates in Ipswich, why sea level rise is a threat in Newburyport, and how Mayor Carolyn Kirk was able overcome opposition to wind energy and build turbines in the city.

During training “never assuming someone knows what you know” was highly stressed and we spent a significant amount of time learning about climate change and fossil fuels like methane natural gas, as well as learning how to share our knowledge. This has proved to be most useful in the church presentations we hold, so I am glad we did this, but I was also surprised how much people knew already that we were working with. My team and I have had very few climate science arguments among all the conversations we have had with citizens this summer; which is a relief. Feeling as if the country is either completely ignorant of the impact we have on the world or simply apathetic about it is very disheartening and can make doomsday depression about the planet feel very taxing and heavy. I have found a new inspiration by meeting those all over the North Shore and learning about all of the good sustainability measures taking place, which makes the news about the potential change in our planet feel more manageable. We are also able to strengthen ties with these new friends by listening to them about their efforts. In return, they are open to learning about the details related to the proposed plant.

So no matter how far we are from the proposed gas plant in Salem, we are never really far enough away that it doesn’t matter and isn’t relevant. If anything, it has been an advantage to our team to be able to connect with groups from all over to spread awareness about what we are working on while learning from them simultaneously. The world isn’t really smaller than we think it is, but it sure is an interwoven quilt of a planet. Thank you to all of the wise and meaningful folks who we have had the privilege to cross paths with so far on our journey.


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My Backyard

Posted on behalf of Ben Linthicum, team leader for the Western MA team

Standing on her back deck, Arti Kelso, a resident of Richmond MA, showed us the three pipelines that cut through her property. Like Polly Ryan in Plainfield who had shown us where the proposed Kinder Morgan Tennessee gas pipeline (TGP) would go through her property, Arti was showing us where three pipelines were already going through her’s. She told me that she and her husband Mark bought this piece of rural wooded land in 2004. When they purchased the land, they were told there were three natural gas pipelines running through the property.  They never imagined some massive pipeline company from Texas would come tearing through her backyard to install another fracked gas pipeline.

There are three Kinder Morgan gas pipelines under my feet. You can see two of the markers to my left.

Here I am on the Kelso family’s land with three Kinder Morgan gas pipelines under my feet. You can see the orange pipeline markers to my left.

Which can raise the question, if there is already 3 pipelines running through their property, how much harm could one more pipeline do? A heck of a lot. Putting in another pipeline would require widening the existing tree-less swath of land that bisects her property, cutting down more of the quiet woodland that once embraced her home those may years before.

As Polly had said weeks before as she showed us where the proposed TGP would go through her property, “This is bigger than my backyard.” Bingo. The proposed pipeline would have effects reaching farther than anyone’s backyard. Taking a stand against the TGP here in Massachusetts, helps support opposition to fracking hundreds of miles away.

Carrying banners to an anti-pipeline action!

Carrying banners to an anti-pipeline action!

If Kinder Morgan is unable to build this pipeline, it would have limited capacity to transport the natural gas. If the natural gas can’t be transported to buyers, then there is no way to sell it and thus no reason to extract it. By opposing the pipeline, Massachusetts residents are also taking a stand against all the harmful effects of fracking such as air pollution, ground water contamination, and corporate influence on our democratic processes.

Our actions do not occur in isolation, they are connected to rest of the world in numerous overt and unseen ways. As Paul, a Tendai Buddhist Abbott in Canaan, NY told us, “there is no separation between ourselves and the natural world, the environment; what we do to ourselves we do to the world, and what we do to the world we do to ourselves.” The TGP pipeline has no place in the future we want, a future free from harmful fossil fuels and anthropogenic climate change.

Abbott Paul blessed us at the Tendai Buddhist Center.

Abbott Paul blessed us at the Tendai Buddhist Center.

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How Low (carbon) Can You Go?

Posted on behalf of Jana Wilkes, Community Outreach Coordinator, Team East

kurkoski house

Us watching them present about their energy efficiency journey.

From last Sunday to Thursday, Team East stayed at Janice and Steve Kurkoski’s home in Warwick, MA.  Upon first inspection, the house looked like any other cute home tucked back in the woods.  We soon learned that this was no ordinary house.  Recently, Janice and Steve retrofitted their house to be so energy efficient that they only paid $240 for their heating bill last winter.

The whole process started with just the roof; originally they decided to insulate the roof and attic to make their house more energy efficient.  In the process, they discovered that carpenter ants had done a number on their walls.  So they decided that they might as well re-insulate the entire house!  They worked for an entire year stripping the walls and redoing the insulation.  It seemed like a grueling process to me but according to Janice, “It was a blast!” Now all their walls are at least eight inches thick and they get most of their electricity from a solar panel that overlooks their garden.


Janice and Steve’s beautiful garden complete with solar panels

So besides the awesomeness of having an extremely energy efficient house, why did they do it?  Their motivator is the same reason I am here this summer: the terrifying math of climate change.  If we want a chance of staying below a two degrees Celsius warming by 2050, we need to get down to four tons of greenhouse gas emissions per person per year and one ton of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.  The average American currently emits 24 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent every year.  Janice and Steve felt that it was their responsibility to reduce their carbon footprint and they slashed 40% of their carbon emissions by retrofitting their house.  The good news is that it is possible to cut 40% of emissions by making your home more energy efficient.  If you live in Massachusetts, there is this great program called Mass Save that helps homeowners make their home more energy efficient while covering most of the cost.

Thank you, Janice and Steve for welcoming us into your solar-powered home.  I had such a great time learning how to reduce my carbon footprint.  I’m very grateful because not only have they greatly reduced their carbon footprint, they have also been helping others reduce their footprint.  One building at a time and we can help mitigate climate change!


We had a fantastic stay with Janice and Steve!

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Shari Melto: Stories from the Great Marsh

Posted on behalf of Abbie Goldberg, Video Coordinator for the North Shore Team

Last week we had the pleasure of spending the morning with the lovely and unequivocally well-read Shari Melto. I embark on this paragraph knowing full well that though I share Shari’s love of words, none of mine will begin to do justice to the generosity and thoughtfulness we experienced last Saturday in Shari’s “funky little cottage” in Plum Bush. Shari works for the Gulf of Maine Institute whose mission is “to touch, move and inspire young people, in partnership with adults, to lead in stewardship of the Gulf of Maine and its watershed.” She spoke with us about her strong calling to work in and around The Great Marsh and her love of books. She even gave us a book of Annie Dillard’s essays and stories which I started reading and can say without a doubt is well worth the extra weight! It’s always an honor to speak with such committed and strong individuals. Shari’s connection to place and community truly inspires me and I hope I’ll be able to work with her in the future.

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The Cycle of Life

Posted on behalf of Tuula Perry, Team Leader, Team East

I was offered a job on Wednesday (July 23rd) with the Garden to Table Program in San Jose. As a fruit picking coordinator, I will be a part of the growing movement in the Bay Area that is bringing local produce to market places. It feels incredible to be out of this transitional phase; being done with college and beginning a new chapter of my life. It feels as though the stars aligned for me to receive my dream job. In fact, the same night I got the job offer I saw a shooting comet in the sky, a sight I had never witnessed before. I am pretty sure it is a sign that I am heading home now, that I am heading in the right direction.

seeds of solidarity sign

One of the beautiful quotes written at Seeds of Solidarity

Maybe my good fortune has come because there seems to be something good in the air in these parts. The people I’ve met these past few weeks have seemed to be apart of a higher level of consciousness. They’ve expressed a deep relationship with the environment and feel called to help transform human behavior into more sustainable ways of living to restore and conserve our ecosystems. Several people I have met in passing have given me advice. They’ve told me to stay strong in my core, to remember that love is all I need, to stay grounded with the earth and to ask the trees, rivers, and our ancestors for help in this fight to stop the pipeline. I feel like the advice I have been given is worth taking seriously. It certainly can’t hurt. After all, climate change is making it increasingly apparent how interconnected our actions are. I think it is a beautiful when people believe in something greater than themselves.

Some people are very cynical about our ability to slow climate change. Indeed, I have felt a great sense of insecurity in my own life because of the economic crisis of 2008. The fear of fiscal collapse is still very real for the American middle class as the nation’s disparity gap continues to increase. We can’t let this fear stop us from building the better future we know is possible. The words of wisdom different community members have shared with me has given me faith that another way of living is possible. Remembering that we are all in this together will give us the energy we need to reprehend all the damage of humankind. Some of the simplest action such as conservation of water and electricity can make a big difference.

sign making

Recycled signs we painted. Small signs, big message

Additionally, it is important to do what we can because we have a responsibility to take care of the land we live on.  Some may wonder what it was like to not have a place I can call home but the truth is the Earth is my home. It’s everyone’s home.

sand pic

Trying to stop the pipeline on our day off!

I think I will accept their job offer. Not because of it’s pay or benefits. I will accept their offer because I want to continue living my values as I have this summer. Even though I am choosing to work hard for little income, I have faith that a more sustainable food system is possible just like I have faith that all the grassroots opposition that has been built in Massachusetts will stop construction of the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline.

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Organizing is A Rollercoaster Ride

Posted on behalf of Stephen O’Hanlon, Public Narrative Coordinator for the Western MA team

After getting caught in a thunderstorm on our way from Holyoke, we received a warm welcome at the Amherst Episcopal Church on the afternoon of July 3rd. At our first stop in Holyoke, our schedule was largely planned for us. That meant that Amherst was the first town where we had to plan our own events. Over the holiday weekend, we scrambled to plan, find space for, and then publicize our event: a presentation and discussion about Kinder Morgan’s proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline expansion project and its connection with fracking and climate change.

Key learning: the real world operates on a much longer timeframe than college campuses, which is where most of us have organizing backgrounds, and we should have planned and publicized our event sooner. However, we were lucky enough to meet Susan Rice and Anne Perkins from the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst after two of us attended their Sunday Service. Even at the last minute, Susan helped us secure meeting space at the church and Anne offered to host the event with us.

Dineen and I working to plan the event and do some outreach.

Dineen and I working to plan the event and do some outreach.

In the days leading up to our event (even including the day before), we seriously considered cancelling it. We felt that we hadn’t had enough time to do adequate outreach and that the large amounts of time that we would need to put into fine tuning the content and doing further outreach wouldn’t be worth it if no one came. We felt that we were going to waste Anne’s time, or that of Kim and Tim of Climate Action Now, whom we had invited to talk about their work. We decided to have the meeting and after frantically finishing our presentation plan, we set out down Pleasant Street, fully expecting only one to attend.

Anne greeted us upon our arrival and as we set up the room, we decided to put out only a few chairs. Better to add more rather than take them away, we thought? My frustration and discouragement fused into elation as people trickled into the room; we added chairs until we had over 20 out. Although that might not seem like much, it well exceeded our expectations. We had great discussions about what we need to do to mitigate climate change and, more specifically, what role people in Amherst, which is not directly threatened by Kinder Morgan’s proposed fracked natural gas pipeline, could take to help stop it.

Lots of people came to our event!

Lots of people came to our event!

The rollercoaster of emotions that I experienced before, during, and after our event is representative of those that I’ve experienced throughout Climate Summer and is probably similar to those most organizers experience. Especially when we are facing powerful fossil fuel corporations like Kinder Morgan and are trying to create systematic change, it is easy to feel dis-empowered, depressed, and hopeless, similar to how I felt when I thought our meeting would be a failure.

I spoke at the event about Climate Summer.

I spoke at the event about Climate Summer.

With work to build a grassroots movement, it can take a really, really long time for us to see the impact of our work. It isn’t like our meeting where we put mere hours of preparation into a presentation and outreach and were able to see the results within a few days; rather, the stakes are much higher. Organizing can mean pouring your life into a campaign in the face of uncertainty for years without seeing the results.



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The Problem with a Moral High Ground

Posted on behalf of Dineen O’Rourke, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Western MA team

I’ve been spending my entire summer doing climate organizing work. I’m traveling exclusively by bicycle and living my values by not spending money on anything other than the pure necessities. I’m working to stop the Tennessee Gas pipeline that’s threatening to take land and community away from thousands of people in Massachusetts. I’m trying to encourage action to stop our impending climate crisis.

So what?

I’m not uncommon. I’m one of 151 who have done this program before me, one of hundreds upon hundreds working to stop this pipeline, and one of millions working for a better world in a time of global climate warming.

Here I am shucking corn at the home of our community partners through whose property Kinder Morgan's NED pipeline is proposed.

Here I am shucking corn at the home of one of our community partners, Polly, through whose property Kinder Morgan’s NED pipeline is proposed.

Yet lately I hear comments such as “Oh, you’re much better than I am. I’m just staying at home this summer.” Or “You’re going to change the world… so proud of you!” Or “I wish I was young enough/old enough/had your willpower/had the energy … [insert here any debilitating reasoning]”

I’m grateful for what I know is intended to be kind words of encouragement – that emotional support is an important factor in keeping people motivated and in no way do I want to undermine that. Yet, on a deeper level, these words and ideas can unintentionally place people on a pedestal that I believe shouldn’t exist.

Even in this time of urgency and climate crisis, for me being a climate organizer does not equate to any sense of moral purity. This sense is deeply exclusive and to my beliefs, incorrect. It doesn’t allow for the global-sized scale of the movement that we need and creates a false sense of heroism among people who are simply acting on their beliefs. By placing those who act on their beliefs on a pedestal, we’re making it seem like those people are rare, even though they are really all around us.

Climate change is a global, systemic issue that requires globally-scaled action. If our goal is an all-inclusive and globally-sized movement, we won’t get there with pedestals that glorify certain people and types of organizing over others and thus exclude others from getting deeply involved.

My teammates Stephen and Ben and I plan a public narrative (storytelling) training for community organizers fighting against natural gas infrastructure.

My teammates Stephen and Ben and I plan a public narrative (storytelling) training for community organizers fighting against natural gas infrastructure.

If people are inspired by the work we are doing, my hope is that they will join us in some way, whatever way makes sense for them, rather than only praising us.

It’s important to realize that not everybody is in a position to do climate organizing. It’s important to realize that this work is not for everyone; some are called to do other, also crucial tasks. It’s also important to realize that climate change is a problem like no other; a global problem on a scale never experienced nor fathomed – thus requiring a large, global movement. In no way am I saying we should all be biking around and working on climate campaigns. Not at all. But we do need more people to be active in the movement that’s arising around the world – in whatever way is comfortable, realistic, and personally useful and empowering for them.

This work is not defined by age, intelligence, or physical strength. It’s defined by ambition and a deep determination to create change. I truly believe that if certain emotions are unearthed, that drive for change will be found within anyone.

You’re all my heroes too – everyone. Each person has a spark inside of them that has a great amount of potential. Let’s kick that pedestal out of the picture; no one person is going to do this alone – that’s the true beauty of community and people power.

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On Beans and Hearts

Posted on behalf of Sophie Sokolov, Social Media Coordinator for Team North Shore

Last night, we burned chickpeas. They were boiling in a pot of water, completely submerged, but somehow, they burned. I’m not sure it’s ever happened before in the history of chickpeas. We tried to grind them up into hummus anyway, but they were burnt and undercooked, so our hummus was essentially inedible. For the first time, we threw away some of our food. Last week, we soaked the chickpeas too long and they fermented, but we made hummus anyway and farted for the next few days. Another time, we soaked the chickpeas and boiled them (almost) long enough, but didn’t have enough time to spice them, so our hummus was, again, sub-par. I think we’ve tried to make hummus at least 5 times, but apart from maybe once, it’s been less-than-successful. Sometimes, it feels like, as a team, we are largely incompetent. Like when we forget to soak the beans- again. Or when it takes us an hour to get out the door in the morning, or when Ariel’s tube popped out of her tire and got caught in her bike chain (another first in history I believe).

A miraculous soup with well cooked beans!

A miraculous soup with well cooked beans!

Or when we think about the scale of climate change. It’s really easy to feel useless when thinking about the global environmental destruction and mass human suffering that come with climate change. It is much bigger than anything I’ve ever had to think about before. It’s frankly terrifying.

It’s really easy to get frustrated when we can’t even boil beans correctly. How can we stop the most powerful industry in the history of the world if we don’t have the foresight to soak beaks the night before? Sometime it feels like every waking moment this summer is spent fighting to mitigate climate change, and so every little failure can feel gigantic, or every act that isn’t wholly strategic can feel worthless.

In reality, these small acts, like building sandcastles and tabling farmers markets, aren’t insignificant. This movement must be built of hundreds of smaller strategies, and maybe one will catch on and inspire others to join, or maybe it won’t, but the point is that we have to try everything. We can’t know what effect each act might have on someone else. Perhaps, listening to my poem will be the spark for someone, leading them to start getting involved, or maybe it will be one of a hundred little things on their path to joining the movement. I know I didn’t join because of one thing someone said to me, but rather because of hundred of conversations and articles and eventually an opportunity. We can try to be the most strategic we can, minimizing wasted time, but at the end of the day sometimes our chickpeas are burnt and raw, and sometimes they aren’t. We have to learn to be patient.

The team at a picnic with JD's fabulous hummus.

The team at a picnic with JD’s fabulous hummus.

I feel most hopeful meeting folks out in the communities because it reminds me that, with time, change can happen. Like Erin, who, after many years of different occupations, opened the New Harmony Farm, a more-than-organic community-oriented farm where she leads workshops on meditation and art-making. Or Conrad, who started a Transition community in Newburyport and leads twelve week trainings to give people skills and confidence to take action. Or JD, who brought delicious smooth tahini-filled hummus to our potluck. It was a revelation. We’ve been eating terrible hummus for the past four weeks. We asked him how he made it, and the key is to have patience. We need to let our beans cook much much longer to get them soft and supple to mash into a perfect spread. I’m pretty sure we can do it. The key is to not give up, and accept the fact that sometimes, things take longer than you’d expect.


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Adapting to Change

Posted on behalf of Rachel Eckles, Media Coordinator, Team East

My team and I had a very eventful day in Greenfield this past Saturday. While staying in Montague for a few days this past week, we decided to spend a day checking out Greenfield. We had a table at the farmer’s market where we got kids to make flowers to decorate our ugly pipeline prop and spoke with shoppers about the pipeline. We also joined in the bike parade and got to meet some really enthusiastic and concerned people from the area.

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The flowers made by children to decorate our pipeline at the Greenfield Farmer’s Market on Saturday.

Later on, we went to the Stone Soup Café at All Souls Church where we met people with valuable stories and different opinions on the pipeline. I appreciated learning from the various perspectives and enjoyed the inclusive conversations they encouraged at the café. One man who I spoke with made a comment that there will never be a perfectly ideal way for us to get our energy without affecting someone. I believe this needs to be discussed more when we go around opposing projects like the Kinder Morgan Tennessee Gas Pipeline.

This issue crosses my mind frequently as I come across concerned residents who are hearing that the pipeline is proposed to come through their hometown for the first time. As I see the worry overcome their face, I wonder what they would think if Kinder Morgan was proposing to build a solar array, rather than a natural gas pipeline. Would they consider this progress or would it be just as frustrating to them as the pipeline is?

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Nicholas and Jana talking about the pipeline with someone at the Westminster Farmer’s Market

For me, I am involved in this movement to stop the pipeline because I care about the lifestyles and ecosystems that would be greatly impacted by this pipeline but also because I want to prevent companies like Kinder Morgan from being allowed to lead us in such a direction that it prevents us from making the energy progress we must make. This pipeline would not be a temporary solution to New England’s energy capacity issue. This pipeline would be permanent. We would rely on this pipeline for easily another 50 years. As someone who is greatly concerned about climate change, I fear that by then, it will be far too late to be considering alternative energy. We cannot keep building fossil fuel infrastructure if we ever want to become as self-sustaining as countries like Germany and the Netherlands.

People working to make clean energy, efficiency, and conservation possible need to learn the ways to influence the behavior of society. That is what it will take to flip the switch off in homeowner’s unoccupied rooms and encourage stores with big parking lots to install solar panels to cover the parking spots. Technology is no longer the factor holding us back from progress; the factor now holding us back is our mindset. I believe that becoming more optimistic and willing to adapt would be the catapult for building the clean energy infrastructure that there is such potential for.

The man I met at lunch had a very good point. The truth is that yes, someone will be negatively affected by energy infrastructure no matter what. However, as my teammate Nicholas said, “we can be smart about this and strategically go forth in the process of switching over to clean energy with people’s lives at mind rather than a company’s profits.” I think the issue at hand is larger than this pipeline and larger than climate change. It is the social barrier to accepting change. Change is never perfect and the transition is not smooth but we’ve got to work with what we have, try different methods, seek better options, and learn to become more conscientious for the sake of a safer and healthier future for humanity.

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