, Bowdoin College, Bowdoin College
It wasn't difficult to find the first Sandy-downed tree the morning after the storm—and Maine got off easy. It was just one tree, already stumped by the grounds crew; a poor analog, maybe, to the flooding and power outages and food shortages the rest of the Northeast faces, but proof nevertheless of the devastation Sandy left in its wake.
Sometimes it takes the largest hurricane on record to uproot our trees and knock down our power lines to remind us: everyday, we make choices that affect our climate's future, our future. Sometimes those choices culminate in a mild frost in early October; other times they culminate in up to $50 billion in damages. Point is, it's all connected. Burning fossil fuels led to Hurricane Sandy. We are all complicit in climate change.
But we don't have to be. We can take a stand against business as usual and let our leaders know that, actually, a greenwashed agenda of fracking for natural gas and an all-of-the-above energy policy just doesn't cut it anymore.
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