Happy Sunday! Remember every Sunday I am donating my social media to my @YearsofLiving team so they can share their personal stories about how carbon pricing can &will solve climate change!PLEASE take a second to read their posts. It’s 5 minutes out of your Sunday that will help you make a difference,THE DIFFERENCE,the world needs. Today’s story is by Charlotte Umanoff. Her writing is so beautiful, you’ll feel like you are right there with her!
“This is a story about my favorite river, the Columbia. Flowing between Oregon and Washington, the Columbia is home to most of the salmon in the Pacific Northwest. This is the river that Woody Guthrie wrote songs about, the river that has sustained human and animal life since far before its resources were ever capitalized upon by westward expansion, the river that flows through parks and canyons and mountain ranges and spills out into the impossible expanses of the Pacific Ocean. It’s a river whose wildlife is threatened every day by climate change.
For several decades now, water temperatures in the Columbia have warmed, becoming increasingly inhospitable to salmon, a cold water species. As salmon populations dwindle, not only is it harder for Oregonians like me to eat sustainably caught salmon, but local fishing economies suffer and predators like the grizzly bear struggle to find food, knocking the whole ecosystem of the Columbia River basin dangerously out of balance.
We need to act against rising water temperatures everywhere by putting a price on carbon. It’s time to stop letting big polluters profit while at-risk ecosystems and local fishermen disproportionately feel the negative effects. Not only will a carbon price help guard the Columbia against warmer water, it will also discourage the shipment of millions of gallons of crude oil along railways that run only meters away from the riverbed.
This story isn’t just about the Columbia River. It’s about every river, every mountain, every ecosystem and economy that is suffering due to climate change. Rather than forfeit our world’s precious resources to polluters, let’s #PutAPriceOnIt to ensure that our world stays healthy.”