Whether or not you believe Global Warming is real or man-made, there are still reasons to embrace environmental causes.
"I wanted to do something because I just love the world we have, and I want it to be here for our children and for my grandchildren."
Pat Parsons said she became so concerned about the future of our environment, that she helped start a local organization called "Cool Planet." She works to educate and encourage others to be good stewards of the Earth.
"I think it's important that each person sees that they have a responsibility and not think that someone else has to do it," said Parsons. "Everyone can take small steps."
Many agree if we don't take action now, there will be serious consequences in the future.
"To me, it's very frightening," said Parsons. "Destruction of habit for animals is also bad for us. We also have to look at deforestation, we have to look at production of oxygen for our planet, we have to look at erosion that comes from deforestation."
No matter where you stand on the issue, at least now alternatives are available. We have choices, and Parsons believes it is time to take advantage of them.
"We have an affluent society and with that comes a lot of luxuries and comes a lot of things that maybe we don't need, we just want," said Parsons. "I think it is time for people to step back and say 'do I really need this and what is the impact of what I'm buying.'
It's a challenge for all of us who love and want to preserve our beautiful East Texas for future generations.
If you would like to get involved with "Cool Planet", the organization meets every second and fourth Wednesday at six o'clock. Meetings are at the Genecov room at Tyler's Chamber of Commerce, located at 315 N. Broadway.
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