July 31 letters to the editor

We owe it to children
to act on climate crisis
I was greatly encouraged to read the July 8 op-ed by state Delegate Danielle Walker, D-Monongalia, that underscored just how important addressing the climate crisis is for West Virginia.
From flash floods and torrential rains that have damaged our communities to wildfires that have consumed over 6,000 acres in our state, we are experiencing the devastating impacts of climate change firsthand.
At this time it is vital to remind West Virginia’s leaders that we too have a stake in the climate crisis and should be advocating for action on climate change in spite of a few deep-pocketed voices in our state whose personal interests lie in the past rather than a cleaner and more prosperous future.
Despite those voices who try to deny the scientific evidence, our world is changing dramatically, and it will ultimately affect not only our economy, but our safety and public health.
As a mother of two, and a health care professional for over 25 years, I know that when it comes to addressing the climate crisis, the health and well-being of most West Virginians is at stake.
Like many folks across our state, I join in thanking Sen. Joe Manchin for his leadership. I now encourage him to take the next logical step by joining his colleagues in the U.S. Senate in supporting bold policies to act on climate change. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to do all we can to combat the climate crisis and leave a healthier planet for future generations.
Catherine Shaw

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