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Local view: For the Earth's sake, act now to live green

Everywhere you go these days you see different places and products listing ways they are "green." Being green is trendy, right?

While it may seem like a phase or an overused phrase, "going green" and "being green" actually has been taking shape since Rachel Carson wrote "Silent Spring" in 1962. Carson documented how chemicals sprayed into our air greatly affected our bird populations. She also pointed out how many people thought this was OK because the companies producing the pesticides told us what to believe.

Some 50 years later we are still allowing big companies to spray things into our climate and onto our foods. Like Carson, we understand this is not OK. Our Earth is not happy, and it is showing us just that through scientifically documented climate change.

"The planet's oceans and glaciers have experienced changes," the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states. "Oceans are warming and becoming more acidic, ice caps are melting, and sea levels are rising."

The daily news reports something on climate change even if the politically challenged words are not mentioned.

Here in the Northland we have seen extremely warm days in December and January, the sort of warmth we should not and would not expect for at least two to three months. Everywhere around us, it seems, our climate is showing unusual and faster-paced change.

We cannot continue to deny what is happening. And while it may at times seem easier to turn a cheek, we must continue to think about our future and the futures of our children and grandchildren.

Tomorrow from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Congregations Caring for the Earth will host an event in Iron to challenge you and your community to live simpler lives for 40 days and beyond. Samantha Caddy and I will be the keynote speakers. We'll share how we as young adults have become more aware of the ways we live. I became more aware because of nature-induced illnesses while Sam simply wanted to better her health.

Remember, as Carson wrote in "Silent Spring," "Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species -- man -- acquired significant power to alter the nature of the world."

Britta Bloomquist of Virginia is a member of Congregations Caring for the Earth, an ecumenical interfaith group.