It remains astonishing to us that so many people continue to either look the other way or outright deny the existence of climate change.
It remains astonishing to us that so many people continue to either look the other way or outright deny the existence of climate change. It's a mentality driven by a number of factors: political partisanship, short-term economic vision and resistance to change, to name a few.
You won't see any of that foot-dragging in the space surrounding Alan Journet, a retired professor in Jacksonville who is leading the charge locally to spread the word about climate change. Journet, along with his wife, Kathy Conway, deserve credit for their commitment to education through the organization Southern Oregon Climate Action Now.
They also deserve support. About two dozen Rogue Valley residents are doing just that by accompanying them to Portland to participate in a Sept. 21 "People's Climate March" that will occur at the same time as a similar event in New York. It's a small step in the journey toward awareness that will be necessary to fully turn the ship of public opinion. That's appropriate, because it will take small steps by millions upon millions of people and businesses to make real strides in the fight.
Those small steps for individuals mean taking responsibility for their own carbon footprint by driving less, recycling more and buying everything from energy to toilet paper with an eye on environmental impact. Companies need to do many of the same things, on a larger scale, encouraging their employees and convincing consumers that there is a real value in making relatively small sacrifices, in taking small steps.
You can take take some of those small steps by participating in the Portland march (carpooling to get there, of course). Your grandchildren will thank you.