- Location: WA - 98199
- Marching Since: September 7, 2005
Global warming is not a distant warning - it is already affecting American rivers, streams, and lakes. Unless we act now to reverse the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, our children will grow up with fewer pleasant memories of family times along the river and with less confidence about the quality and security of their water supplies.
Every school kid in America learns that water evaporates more quickly in hot weather, but freshwater systems are extraordinarily complex. Scientists expect the impact of global warming on freshwater systems to vary widely from region to region. As is all too often the case, freshwater animals will experience the consequences before we do. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has predicted that populations of trout and salmon will fall by at least 50% if temperatures rise as much as most climate scientists believe.
In addition to higher temperatures, global warming will exaggerate the intensity of weather. Dry areas will likely get dryer and droughts will become more frequent and severe. Wet areas will experience more intense storms, leading to more frequent and severe floods, erosion, and pollution.
As America thinks about how to reduce its dependence on the fossil fuels, it's important not to be fooled into building more hydropower dams as the answer. According to the World Commission on Dams, many dams trap so much decaying organic matter that they release as many global warming gases as other big polluters.
There's never been a better time to speak up and demand leadership from our elected officials in Washington. The energy bill that President Bush has just signed into law is a significant step in the wrong direction. Join the march today and send a message that millions of Americans expect immediate action to ensure that our children won't grow up in a world of droughts, floods, and extinction.
Rebecca R. Wodder