Letter: Happy Earth Day Ridgefield

To the Editor:

Happy Earth Day Ridgefield!

On April 22, we will celebrate the 49th Earth Day since its’ creation in 1970. As we move towards 50 years of celebration, I want to remind everyone, individual behavior matters! In order to address the onslaught of environmental disasters that have been accelerating, everyone acting in any way that works for them is necessary.

National Air and Space Administration (NASA) Vital Signs Project reports a yearly loss of 413 gigatons to world ice sheets. Earth has already experienced a rise in global temperatures of 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit since 1950’s. The oceans have been absorbing this heat energy, increasing its average temperatures by 0.4 degrees. This translates to world wide ocean acidification and ocean habitat loss. The excessive heat energy needs to go somewhere and we have seen this first hand in extreme storm events. United States has seen a record number of increasingly stronger storms. The Northeast has had 59% increase in rain events over the last 30 years.

All of these devastating environmental shifts have been happening at such a rapid pace, that the act of doing something may seem overwhelming. But don’t freeze up, there is power in collective action. This Earth Day find something that works for you, skip a straw, eat less meat, recycle something that you don’t, and/or plant a native garden. And if these actions are not enough, we want you to join Ridgefield Action Committee for the Environment (RACE). We meet on the second Tuesday of each month or email RACEnvironment@gmail.com. Many hands make light work and it will take a village, but environmental impact can be made. I would like to share a quote from a song by Tom Chapman “keep the Earth well, it was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children”. Keep the Earth well and Happy Earth Day Ridgefield.

Kristin Quell-Garguilo 
Settlers Lane