Letter: ‘Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot …’

To the Editor:

Unless. That is the only word Dr. Seuss leaves behind when all the problems happen in The Lorax. He goes on to write, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

When my students ask me what they can do to help solve the problems facing our planet I always say, “care.” When people care they take the time to probe for information and take action when needed. The people of Ridgefield demonstrated they “cared” when they turned out in unanticipated large numbers on Jan. 9 to vote on the fracking waste ordinance. We hope the “yes” vote on the ordinance will have echoing effects throughout the community.

While the vote stopped fracking waste, it was more than that.

It was a message to the community, to the leaders, and to future generations that we want action taken on concerns of human health and the environment. We will not stand idly by and allow our people and ecosystems to be threatened.

I argue people to continue the momentum and interest in local issues to not falter. Please consider making a New Year resolution to join the amazing environmental organizations around our community. Stay active and never stop caring.

I am proud to be a Ridgefielder. Thank you, Ridgefield.

Michael Garguilo

Settlers Lane, Jan. 10