Leaders should focus on Earth’s well-being

Published: 6/1/2021 5:29:32 PM We need our state and national leaders to clearly take aggressive action to stop climate change, as ...



Published: 6/1/2021 5:29:32 PM

We need our state and national leaders to clearly take aggressive action to stop climate change, as many of the public are now fully aware. Unfortunately, not only are corporate energy interests ruthlessly fighting against the interests of saving life on our planet for their own financial interests, they are spreading outrageous falsehoods to confuse the issues that need to be addressed.

For example, in Shutesbury, there have been several letters from those who have financial interests in a project to destroy acres of privately-owned forests to place fields of solar energy. While we very much need to replace nuclear and fossil fuels with clean renewable energy like solar, PV panels need to be placed on roofs, parking lots and already vacant lots.

We desperately need to protect forests from commercial logging for any reason. We are losing forests at alarming rates. Replacing forests with clean energy sources causes the loss of many of the benefits that the clean energy would provide.

Responsible solar companies do not clear forests for their renewable energy. Responsible companies to not manipulate data to convince officials that they are taking down forests to benefit us.

Outrageous falsehoods are also being spread by the logging and woody biomass industries offering itself as a solution to the climate crisis. Those who would profit from woody biomass or biochar are successfully lobbying governmental agencies and officials with manipulated data demanding that biomass become considered renewable and therefore subject to financial benefits.

It takes decades for a forest to regrow to achieve the amount of carbon sequestration and bio diversity that intact and wild forests provide. In a time of climate emergency and biodiversity loss, we need wild, intact forests to save future generations from disaster.

Forests are critical for life on our planet. Wild forests contain numerous ecosystems which are homes to diverse species in their rich soils, undergrowth, leaves, bark, trunks, branches and more. Forests are necessary for the water cycle, weather, clean water, clean air, pure soils and more.

It is time for the well-being of life on Earth to become the primary focus of our leaders.

Miriam Kurland

Goshen



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