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Letter: Climate change and LI shores

A flock of Geese fly past the smokestacks

A flock of Geese fly past the smokestacks at the Jeffrey Energy Center coal power plant as the suns sets near Emmett, Kan in 2012. Credit: AP

In the article "UN: Nations must shift to clean energy sooner" [News, April 14], it can't be any clearer how important it is for the citizens of Long Island and all coastal communities to actively bring this issue to the attention of our local and national politicians.

Our way of life is in jeopardy; rising sea levels and ever-more-powerful storms will make it difficult and, in some communities, impossible to continue to live in this beautiful area.

While politicians in Washington argue over whether climate change is valid, we residents witnessed its potential for destruction firsthand during superstorm Sandy. We now have to decide whether we should remove a whole section of summer communities from Fire Island. The people we voted into power to look out for our safety and financial survival are focused on the next election.

I can't imagine living anywhere else. The time has come to adopt stronger measures to ensure our long-term security. The United Nations gives us until the midcentury to lower emissions by 40 to 70 percent. That's a tremendous task. If we don't take a strong stance on lowering greenhouse gases, life on Long Island may become only a memory that is spoken of with regret by future generations.

Anna Fox, Medford