No More Sandys

Lighthouse on Lake Erie during Hurricane Sandy. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

It's the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. 

It's been a full year since communities across the U.S. were devastated by this superstorm--from the coastline of New Jersey to right here in our backyard. There were thirty-foot waves on Lake Erie, downed trees, lost power, and hurt and scared neighbors. For Cleveland, it took over $17 million dollars in federal aid to fix the storm damage, and that's not even counting how much people had to shell out of their own pocket to fix windows, roofs, cars, or flooded basements. That's what the storm did to us. So what can we do to it? 

We need to stop global warming. 

At first glance, that sounds like a tall order. But scientists have repeatedly found a connection between our shifting climate and the increase of extreme weather events. In a global warming future, storms like Sandy won't be freak occurances--they'll be the norm. There is overwhelming scientific consensus that global warming is being caused by our actions, which is both a blessing and a curse. It's a curse because that puts the blame on our own shoulders, and a blessing because that means we can do something about it. 

Many Lakewood and Cleveland residents have already been working hard to show their support for our current best chance. The historic EPA Carbon rules would enact the first ever cap on emissions from our largest carbon polluters: dirty, outdated power plants. These hardworking and passionate volunteers have collected over 1,400 signatures and are now planning a major rally at the Columbus Statehouse to make sure our representatives, like Senator Sherrod Brown, know that Ohioans want and need these rules.

On Nov. 16th, Clevelanders will be carpooling down to Columbus for the #ActOnClimate Rally at 12PM in front of the Ohio Statehouse. I know I'll be there, and I'd like to call on my neighbors in Lakewood to join me. There will be speakers and passionate people from all across the state, and we need to make sure that we represent Northeast Ohio well. If you're interested, let me know at hvogel@environmentohio.org.

Every voice counts when it comes to protecting the planet. 

the Cleveland field organizer for Environment Ohio, fighting for a cleaner planet from right here in beautiful Lakewood!

Hannah Vogel

Hannah Vogel is the Cleveland field organizer for Environment Ohio, fighting for a cleaner planet from right here in beautiful Lakewood!

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 2:01 PM, 11.12.2013