To The Daily Sun,
The Lakes Region is an area rich in tradition based on diverse outdoor activities, which is one of the reasons my husband and I choose to live and raise our two children here. A peek into Saturday's Laconia Daily Sun highlights just a few of the many local events celebrating our region's natural resources: the Winni Derby (the largest landlocked salmon and trout tournament in the Northeast), the Franklin Outing Club's Winter Carnival (featuring kayaking on snow-covered slopes), and New Hampshire Maple Weekend (my favorite!).
Sadly, local events like these have faltered in the past several years, in part due to global climate change. The Winni Derby was suspended in 2010 to ease pressure on the hard-pressed salmon population. Last year the Webster Fishing Lake Derby was canceled from the Winter Carnival due to warm weather. This year they had to scramble to prepare the slopes for the kayaking event. And maple syrup production in New Hampshire is seeing a dramatic drop in quantity and quality due to warming temperatures.
In addition to reporting on these events, Saturday's paper noted that the United States had the second-warmest February in the 123-year period of records. Across the U.S., many regions had near-record warm temperatures. And the letters section of Saturday's paper featured lineworkers' observation that winter storm Stella was the worst storm in nearly 20 years. Increased frequency of extreme storms is another visible effect of climate change here in the Lakes Region.
I believe climate change is the biggest issue facing mankind today. Disruption to local outdoor events is just the beginning. However, I am delighted to have recently discovered the Citizens' Climate Lobby's Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal, which climate scientists and economists agree is the best first step to reduce the likelihood of catastrophic climate change from global warming. Their proposal places a fee on carbon and returns the revenue equally to residents via monthly dividends. This proposal is good for the economy and even better for the climate. Please join me in urging Senator Hassan, Senator Shaheen, Congresswoman Shea-Porter, and Congresswoman Kuster to support carbon fee and dividend legislation. (Learn more at http://citizensclimatelobby.org/.)
It's time to take action to protect the Lake Region's local outdoor traditions for generations to come.
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