About Melissa Hart

Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor, combined with work for nonprofits. As the Explorer's digital editor, she serves as editor of Adirondack Almanack.(com) and helps manage the Explorer's website. When not online, she enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats. Sign up for Melissa’s newsletter

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  1. louis curth says

    Over fifty years ago, the Upper Hudson Environmental Action Committee (UHEAC) began to hold annual Earth Day events in the southern Adirondacks on behalf of the Earth’s natural environment. For our mantra we chose the words of Rene’ Dubos; “If you cannot do something about that stream or those lovely marshlands in your town, then how do you think you are going to save the world?” Many Adirondackers responded and got involved in our efforts. Then the times changed and the world moved on.

    Half a century later, climate activists like Bill McKibben, Greta Thunberg, and many others are warning us that our time is up. They tell us we must act NOW if life on earth is to survive much longer. The question that every one of us must ask ourselves is; Are we now ready get involved? Or has the world moved on once again?

    For those willing to get involved, the words of Rene’ Dubos still ring true today. The climate work needed to save our planet MUST begin by repairing our broken local governance. We must put aside our differences and start working together. We have got to restore trust, honesty and fact based decision making which prioritizes the needs of the environment and the needs of ALL members of our community over selfish greed and political grandstanding.

    If we can achieve this, good local government will soon trickle upward and give us the means to repair our climate. If we are successful, Earth’s life sustaining environment will be our legacy to the children and grandchildren of the world.

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