Some funding should be dedicated to wildlife, wild places

Posted: Friday, October 30, 2009

I live in Alaska because I love the beauty of this state. I love enjoying the outdoors by camping, hiking, fishing, and kayaking. I am concerned about the changes predicted, not to mention the ones we are seeing due to climate change, mean for these activities. Climate warming will impact all the activities I love to do in Alaska. It will also impact the economy of Alaska that depends on the tourism industry. Do we want to jeopardize the reasons we live here by doing nothing about global warming?

More than 600 organizations from across the country have called on the Senate to include 5 percent of the funding generated in the climate and energy bill it is currently developing to safeguard our wildlife and wild spaces. Every man, woman, and child who has ever hiked through a healthy forest, stood in a beautiful stream casting their line, or kayaked in a mountain lake should call their senators and demand nothing less.

Penny Sorenson


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