Letter to the editor: Vote Hickenlooper for the future

Posted 9/29/20

 

Since I gave birth to my son, Owen, almost a year and a half ago, I have become increasingly concerned about the state of our planet and what it might look like when he is an adult. The …

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Letter to the editor: Vote Hickenlooper for the future

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Since I gave birth to my son, Owen, almost a year and a half ago, I have become increasingly concerned about the state of our planet and what it might look like when he is an adult. The list of tangible effects of climate change can feel overwhelming and anxiety inducing, especially as we watch much of the west coast burn. As individuals, we can take many steps to shrink our carbon footprints (and by all means, we should), however, I believe we need strong leadership at the state and national levels in order to actually turn things around and hold large companies accountable for their emissions. Today, I am asking you to protect our futures by voting for John Hickenlooper for US Senate. Mr. Hickenlooper has laid out a clear plan for moving the United States to net-zero emissions by 2050, while creating jobs. He also strives to make the United States a global leader in combating climate change by ratifying the Paris Climate Agreement and holding other countries culpable for greenhouse gas emissions through any new trade agreements.  
John’s opponent, Cory Gardner, does not even use the words “climate change” on his website. This, as well as his notable lack of leadership while serving in the Colorado House of Representatives and the US Senate, leads me to the conclusion that Mr. Gardner does not understand the urgency with which we must move as a country, and world, in order to fight the very real threat of climate change.  
In his book, How to Be An Anti-racist, Ibram X. Kendi says, “What gives me hope is one single trusim. Once we lose hope, we are guaranteed to lose.” Since becoming a mom, I have often thought, if other parents love their children as much as I love my son, which I’m sure they do, imagine how powerful it would be if we could harness that love; we could truly change the world for the better. That continues to give me hope each day. Today, I’m asking you use your vote to protect Owen’s future, the future of your children, and grandchildren. Vote for Hickenlooper for US Senate.
Natalia Lynch,
Arvada

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