2013 Clean Air Ambassador: Paul Perkins

Maine
Clean Air Ambassador | Bath, me
Paul Perkins, MD
Affiliation:
Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • The Story
    Behind This Photo

    TO ME, THIS PHOTO MEANS:

    The photo I am holding shows terraced gardens at a hilltop villa in Tuscany that have been in production for much of the last 1000 years. The plastic is obviously new technology, but the rest has been tilled with care and wisdom, providing vegetables for the farm. The whole process is dependent on a fairly stable and predictable climate, all of which could be threatened by climate change.

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Ambassador Susan   Tullai-McGuinness.
Ambassador Lori Ann  Thompson.
Ambassador Tyiesha   Radford.
Ambassador Carlos   Pelayo.

In the First Person:

I have chosen to come to Washington to voice my opinion that climate change is real, that it will present the greatest challenge of the 21st century, and that, with political will,

I live on the coast of Maine where life is still pristine in many ways. Yet I struggle to appreciate the occasional warm days in winter and early spring for fear they may be a harbinger of climate change. I look at the number of degree days according to the daily paper in hopes that the seasonal temperatures are at least somewhat within the normal range. I cringe upon reading new stories about the projected adverse impacts of climate change. I live with beauty all around me, yet my natural appreciation for it is colored by the predictions of a troubled climate ahead.

The scientific consensus is clear that climate change is directly tied to greenhouse gas emissions, yet many vocal and opinionated folks continue to deny this reality. I wonder how this could be so. Are these skeptics/deniers simply good people who are ignorant? Do they not believe in science? Have they been bought off or duped by the petroleum lobby? Why do they insist that those in the environmental movement are misguided alarmists with a socialist agenda? It is our grandchildren who may pay the price of denial and inaction.

I have chosen to come to Washington to voice my opinion that climate change is real, that it will present the greatest challenge of the 21st century, and that, with political will, something can still be done about it. Our fundamental need is for humans to recognize the adverse impact of burning fossil fuels and to curb consumption before we reach irrevocable tipping points.

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