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Letter: Act now on climate change

On Sept. 23 in New York City, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is hosting the Climate Summit. It is an opportunity for all U.N. member states as well as finance, business, civil society and local leaders from public and private sectors to come together and advance climate action to reduce emissions and strengthen climate resilience.

Two days earlier, the People's Climate March will take place in New York. Thousands of people from around the world will line the streets to let our leader know that we can no longer turn a blind eye to the crisis. Thousands will join together to voice our demands for an economy that works for people and the planet, a world that is safe from the horrors of climate change and a world with good jobs, clean air and water and healthy communities.

The march already is demonstrating that climate change, once seen as a divisive issue, is becoming a unifying political concern across labor, environment, faith and justice groups, including a small contingency from the Roaring Fork Valley who would like to see it keep snowing in the high country. They will be at the march representing the Citizens Climate Lobby — an organization dedicated to supporting the political will for a stable climate.

If you cannot join us for the People's Climate March, please come to the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies at 7 p.m. Wednesday for a screening of "Disruption." This film is dedicated to taking action to address climate change. Or come wave us off on the People's Climate Train, due to pass through Glenwood Springs at the Amtrak station around 12:10 p.m. Tuesday. Now is the time to act!

Ruthie Brown

Aspen