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Editor of the Reformer,

On Oct. 8 the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) released a special report on "Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius," detailing action needed on a global scale to avoid climate chaos. The report was compiled with the help of 91 scientists from around the world, and leaves no doubt as to the reality of human-caused climate change, its devastating effects, and the need for immediate action. The report was terrifying, perhaps even more so for us as parents with young children. And while we honor our feelings of fear and grief, we work to avoid feelings of isolation and despair, which can lead to a sense of apathy and helplessness.

There is no one simple solution to our climate crisis. It will take each and every one of us. And yet, what other choice do we have but to give it our all? Let's work to end new fossil fuel infrastructure. Let's first envision and then work to create a future free of fossil fuels. Let's make a just transition to clean renewables that are accessible for everyone. Let's put a price on carbon pollution. Let's rebuild our transportation system; let's walk, bike, use public transportation, and carpool more and drive single-occupancy vehicles less. Let's weatherize and insulate and retrofit. Let's invest in our local farms. Let's rebuild our soils to become carbon sponges. Let's support candidates, both in and out of Vermont, who are committed to bold climate action. Let's vote.

With so many calls to action, it's easy to lose sight of the joy and fun in coming together with our neighbors. Join us on Oct. 20 for the next Critical Mass Ride and on Oct. 22 for our next Mother Up! monthly meeting. We remain committed to taking action, both personally and collectively. There is solidarity and strength in community.

Abby Mnookin, Lissa Schneckenburger, Corey DiMario, Nicole Petrin, and Robin MacArthur, on behalf of Mother Up!: Families Rise Up for Climate Action, a project of 350Vermont

Brattleboro, Oct. 12