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Gary Hirshberg
CE-Yo Stonyfield Farm Yogurt
Why I Am Marching

In the early 1970’s, I studied climate change under some of the leading climate scientists of our time. I recognized then, and now, that we need to eliminate the idea that humanity can continue to mine the earth’s crust for fossil fuels, and that there is no such thing as “away” when it comes to releasing carbon into the atmosphere.

I recognized then, and now, that these practices have sentenced our children and grandchildren and our planet to a dismal future of severe and deadly heat waves and droughts, immensely violent and destructive storms, devastation of our farms, forests and fisheries and the complete disappearance of low lying coastal lands on which many of the poorest and most vulnerable of our fellow humans live.

I recognized then, and now, that we need a different economic model that rewards conservation, use of renewable energy, and activities that offset carbon emissions. And now, 23 years later, at Stonyfield Farm we’ve proven that business can be part of the solution; that it is more profitable to reduce our ecological footprint.

I am marching to share our hopeful model for environmentally responsible commerce. I am marching to promote cleaner and more efficient technologies.

I am marching so that I can tell my grandchildren that I did everything possible to create a hopeful future.

I am marching so I can look my grandchildren in the eye.

Why am I marching? Because, as Thomas Jefferson declared over 215 years ago:

“Then I say the earth belongs to each…. generation during its course, fully and in its own right. The second generation receives it clear of the debts and encumbrances, the third of the second, and so on. For if the first could charge it with a debt, then the earth would belong to the dead and not to the living generation. Then, no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its own existence.”

—Thomas Jefferson, September 6, 1789

I am marching because I support a true culture of life, and because our children need actions and not just words.

The Virtual March is about promoting solutions- not pointing fingers. It’s about joining together for the welfare of our nation, the earth and future generations. It’s about ending division and being a united nation. Let us march together.

This is the year we change the course of history….. Join me as we march!

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