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Working together is key in these times

To the Journal editor:

Love in the time of Corona and Climate Change: We are facing two unprecedented crises and we will be better when we work together. Staying ahead of a local corona outbreak, we are asked to take thoughtful precautions. Staying committed to climate change action, we need to work toward solutions for a sustainable future.

Teamwork takes effort. Thank you to our United States Congress and President for coming together on a bipartisan solution with the Families First CoronaVirus Response Act (H.R. 6201). Locally, we can thank U.S. Representative Bergman for voting in favor of this bill. We can thank U.S. Rep. Bergman, (R-Watersmeet,) and U.S. Senator Stabenow, (D-MI) for their commitment to climate change by choosing to be members of the House and Senate Climate Solutions Caucuses.

More work is ahead that requires bipartisan teamwork. We need to listen to one another, and to the experts. Climate solutions can come with co-sponsorship of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763). Learn more at citizensclimatelobby.org and energyinnovationact.org. Endorse this bill as an individual or as a business owner.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby has strong bipartisan momentum and is a powerful force of good for our country and our planet. Join Marquette’s local CCL group by contacting Kristen Carlson at kfreidan@gmail.com. Contact Representative Bergman and Senators Stabenow and Peters. Let them know how they can better serve their constituents by going to: cclusa.org/call and/or cclusa.org/tweet.

We can utilize tools to communicate what we care about so we can protect the people and places we love. Every small act can add to a bigger collective impact that brings us back to balance. Phone calls, tweets and letters are pro Corona-prevention and pro Climate-solutions.

Get out and vote, especially in this upcoming election year. Let your elected officials and candidates you plan to vote for know what you deeply value.

Coronavirus prevention has sent us into a state of “suspended animation,” yet we can creatively use our time right now, and stay resilient in the face of crises. We can stay connected and remain engaged and empowered in our democracy with a spirit of bipartisan optimism. These wild times can bring us together and help us overcome obstacles. The love we spread will protect and save our families, communities, our planet, and our future.

AMY WAYES DOUGHTY

Skandia

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