- Location: VT
- Marching Since: March 23, 2006
In Vermont, where Annie’s Naturals began in 1984, global warming is having a real impact on those who live and work in the Green Mountain State. With increasingly milder winters and decreased snowfall, Vermonters, for example, have seen maple sugaring, an agricultural activity typically relegated to March, occurring in January and February. While these early, somewhat sporadic sap runs threaten the sap harvest later in the spring, the shorter, milder winters negatively impact all sugar producers in the northeast, who rely on cold nights and warm days for sap to run. Global warming is also having a troubling effect on Vermont’s ski industry and other snow-sport-related businesses. A lack of natural snow equals an increased need for snowmaking, which is costly and requires increased energy needs. But if that’s not enough to make everyone stop and take notice, imagine having mud season from January through May and the consequences of those road conditions! Seriously, though, climate change is no joke. On a national level, we’ve witnessed the devastating effects of climate change on our farmers in the Midwest who suffer floods one year and droughts the next, as well as on the citizens and businesses of communities like New Orleans, which are hardest hit by hurricanes and tropical storms. But perhaps those who are most profoundly affected in our world by global warming are the poor, the elderly, and others who lack resources to escape or rebound when disaster looms. We’re marching, because we believe climate change impacts not only our local, state, and national economies, but also the health of everyone on earth. Warmer climates increase air pollution and with that change comes a rise in respiratory illnesses. We’re also marching to vocalize our support for alternative fuel sources and energy efficiency, as most of the pollution we see in Vermont and elsewhere in the US is the result of air pollution from cars and trucks and energy consumed by businesses. Legions of scientists agree that global warming is real and cannot be ignored. And every living thing on Earth is being touched negatively to some extent by this environmental crisis. Find out what climate change means to you and your community and get involved. Please join us in the virtual march. Lend your voice to the cause – in doing so you are showing your commitment to a healthier community, state, nation, and world!