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Deep dark secret is this massive fuel consumption is off the books

To The Daily Sun,

From the "Hard to Believe" file: Edward Humes was interviewed on NPR today. He discussed in detail his book, "Door to Door," which covers the wide variety of transportation which delivers goods from one place to another worldwide.

The transportation adds many things not beneficial to our environment. It seems that we pay dearly for having many items transported, then shipped to our homes or stores. Let's use the example of UPS. It ships 15 million packages a day by ground or air or ship. Another company used by millions is Amazon, the mega-company which also ships millions of packages daily. The advantage of course is that we are able to receive our orders overnight, next day, or within a few days of placing the order.

But there is a huge drawback in the cost to planet Earth. Yes, we pay a certain amount for that item we ordered, but there is a tremendous amount of money spent on producing them. Companies then ship these products from one location to another to add "parts." These locations can be from hundreds to thousands of miles away from where these items were originally produced. By the time it reaches us some of these products have "logged" the miles equivalent to a trip around the world.

The negative consequences are many. Shipping adds to traffic congestion on our highways. Burning untold amounts of fuels that pollute our atmosphere. We might say that this is the cost of doing business, but it isn't necessarily a good thing for planet Earth.

Humes's book illustrates the shipping of goods around the world from one country to another. These goods are placed in sealed containers and placed on mega cargo ships. These ships can be as high as a 15-story building. Cargo ships burn one ton of fuel a day. This is not a misprint. It's a ton of the dirtiest fuel produced — the most polluting fuel in the entire world. One hundred and sixty mega ships traveling around the world in any one day burn more of this dirty fuel in one day than all of the cars in the world travel in any one day. These ships continue to burn fuel as they idle near ports while waiting to unload their cargo.

The deep dark secret is that this fuel consumption is done "off the books." This means that these cargo ships who are burning this filthy fuel "doesn't figure into the carbon footprint of the fuels we burn."

Bottom line: any facts and figures published concerning the pollution the earth we all live on are extremely understated. That is a true nightmare.

Bernadette Loesch

Laconia

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That leaves 1,701 child victims in Belknap County alone

To The Daily Sun,

One of the first victims I met was an eighth-grade boy who had been groomed by a relative and molested for many years. He was rescued by his teacher who reported the abuse to DCYF (Division of Children, Youth and Families). We soon learned the teacher was the last of several adults the victim turned to for help, yet the only one to report the abuse.

At the Child Advocacy Centers that serve child victims of abuse throughout New Hampshire, we seek justice and healing for victims in part by bringing together the multidisciplinary team that advocates for them so they may only have to tell of their abuse once. Before Child Advocacy Centers, victims were disclosing their abuse in the back of police cars, then again to social workers and prosecutors, doctors and counselors, having to relive their trauma with each subsequent disclosure.

Our aim is to minimize the trauma child abuse victims face, because there is a cost when we don't. We know when we do not properly intervene, child abuse trauma increasingly leads to long-term mental health issues, drug and alcohol abuse, and engagement with our criminal justice system. A vicious cycle that even leads some victims to victimize.

The moral, societal, political and economic implications of not intervening on behalf of child victims are playing out before us in every community — every neighborhood in New Hampshire — leaving no family untouched.

Last year we served 2,359 child victims throughout the Granite State, 189 in Belknap County. Statistically, we know that for every child victim that reported his or her abuse, nine did not. You read that correctly; only 1 in 10 cases of child abuse are ever reported.

That leaves 21,231 child victims throughout New Hampshire that are still silent, 1,701 in Belknap County alone.

This week we took our appeal to the Statehouse, as we will soon do, to every city, every town, every village and hamlet throughout our Granite State.

Our appeal: To educate and empower New Hampshire residents to know the signs of child abuse and tell responsible authorities when they recognize them.

Granite State adults need to know they are mandatory reporters by law. So if they know, if they recognize signs of abuse in a child, they must tell responsible authorities.

New Hampshire law requires any person who suspects that a child under 18 has been abused or neglected, must report that suspicion to DCYF at (800) 894-5533. You will not be required to provide your name and may remain anonymous.

Nine out of 10 victims still need to be rescued. Our most vulnerable citizens. Our silent majority.

How we respond to these victims will shape the future of our state. So please, know and tell, say something when you see something to protect our children.

To learn more about the signs of child abuse and how to support the Child Advocacy Centers that serve our New Hampshire communities, go to www.KNOWandTELL.org

Joy Barrett, Executive Director

Granite State Children's Alliance
New Hampshire's Network of Child Advocacy Centers

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