Acting locally

To the editor:

Just because the president has announced intent to withdraw from Paris Accord doesn’t mean we as a nation must stop our efforts to reduce emissions. You don’t need the government’s approval to drive less or to install solar shingles on your house. State and local governments do not need federal approval to erect windmills or solar panel farms. Utilities don’t need government approval to increase the share of power which comes from renewable sources.

Want to know what you can do and which actions are most effective? An impressive team has produced the book “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming,” and a very effective website with 100 suggestions for reversing global warming and those 100 actions are explained and ranked. When push comes to shove, reversing global warming will require effective actions from each of us. Governments have a role to play, but we don’t need government to act before we do.

Vici Oshiro
Burnsville