Baltimore is already feeling the effects of climate change [Letter]

September 26, 2014

More than 300,000 people marched this past weekend to demand action on climate change, and Maryland was well-represented ("Marylanders join climate march in N.Y.C.," Sept. 22).

It was not your typical rally. I marched alongside grandparents who wore their knee braces in hopes of making it the full distance. I marched alongside high-school students who were making a documentary of the movement that would define their livelihood. I marched alongside people of all ages, colors, backgrounds and experiences.

I traveled from Baltimore and marched because I'm 22 years old, and it is my generation that will deal with the choices made today.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a Clean Power Plan that will, for the first time, put national limits on carbon pollution from power plants. It will be the largest single step that any country has taken in fighting global warming.

The reality in Baltimore is that we are already feeling the impacts of climate change with every rainstorm and flash flood. We need to address the root of the problem, and power plants are our state's and our nation's largest global warming polluters.

The EPA is taking public comments on the proposed Clean Power Plan, so even if you couldn't join me in New York, go to the EPA website and make sure that your voice is heard. If not now, when?

Bailey Rehnberg, Baltimore

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