Sandy should be a wake-up call
Dec 06, 2012 | 6228 views | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

No one can deny the destruction from Hurricane Sandy has been widespread and devastating. Living in Manhattan, I saw the effects firsthand, as the Lower East Side and downtown areas were transformed into what looked like a war zone.

People were without power for days, and many homes and businesses were destroyed. As resilient as our city has been, it’s scary to think that hurricanes and storms like this are going to become more common as climate change continues to change our weather patterns.

We know that global warming pollution is driving the extreme weather we’ve been seeing lately – and as Gov. Cuomo said in his letter to the Daily News, “it’s time we get serious once and for all.”

The governor can show how serious he is by strengthening the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which will help cut down on emissions. As the city recovers from Sandy, let this storm be a reminder that the time to change is now.


Laura Purton

Environment New York

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