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The Big Question: What Are You Doing To Fight Climate Change?

A man and woman hold a sign reading "Grandparents here to save forest lake for generations to come."
Mara Hoplamazian
New Hampshire Public Radio
Two people hold a sign protesting the potential development of a new landfill in Dalton, New Hampshire.

We want to hear from you about the big (and small) questions that shape our lives. Then, we want to put you on the air. Each month, we’ll ask a new question, collect your recorded responses, and air some of them on All Things Considered with host Peter Biello.

As the effects of climate change become ever-present in our lives, we want to hear how you're dealing with it in your personal life. Maybe you recycle often. Maybe you've converted to a hybrid vehicle. Maybe you take your concerns to the ballot box. Let us know.

This month’s question is: What are you doing to fight climate change?

Your responses

We've already heard from many of you about what you're doing to fight climate change, including Sandy Sonnichsen from Goshen.

Sandy: "My name is Sandy Sonnichsen, and I live in Goshen, New Hampshire. I feel that in my own life, I'm doing the best I can, but I know that the bigger picture is that my measures are just a drop in the bucket and what really counts is convincing the people around me that climate change is upon us and that we can't put this off to the next generation. It's here right now and we all have to have our hair on fire to do something about this. And somehow the biggest issue is convincing other people and I don't know how to do that. So, I spend a lot of my time feeling that the world is doomed. I wish I had the eloquence and the maybe it's the psychological understanding to know how to get other people worried as I am and willing to make sacrifices that individually may not be that significant so that we together can change the destiny of this world."

We also heard from Jessica Dunbar.

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Jessica: "My name is Jessica, and I live in Bow, New Hampshire. I have been especially concerned about climate change since the IPCC Code Red Report came out not that long ago. I've always been concerned about the environment and I've always taken climate change seriously. But that report really drove home for me just how urgent the threat is, and especially now that I have two young boys, three and five, that threat feels all the more palpable to me, and I really, really got scared really kind of broke down when I envisioned what their future might actually be like. It was like a doomsday movie playing in my head and my children were in it."

Jessica says she's been trying to focus on the things she can do, like recycling, composting and buying used goods. And she's gotten involved in her town's efforts to become more environmentally conscious.

"Trying to focus on the positive, but it's a back and forth for me, it's I get really, really worried and scared. I physically got sick to my stomach and weak and shaky just to think of it. And then I feel this relief when I think about the things we're doing right now, and I try to look for hope wherever I can find it. And it's just been very emotional and stressful, and it's really taken over my life recently. It's become something that I feel I have to work on all the time and just keep trying to do better because my kids lives. It feels are at stake."

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Things to remember:

  • Start with your first name and the town or city where you live
  • Limit your voice memo to 1 minute
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