We live on a planet inhabited by roughly 7.5 billion people, and in America, we have over 323 million people to protect and keep nourished. These people need food, water, and space to survive. It is important to see the impact 323 million people have on our planet each and everyday. In Oklahoma, we have approximately 4 million people who live in our beautiful state. These people contribute to the economy; they work here, they live here, they pay taxes here, and they contribute to climate solution actions not being taken by our nation. Some people will go unknowingly through life without making a difference, fearing it is too big of a task to accomplish. I am here to tell those people that we can make a difference.
We can make a difference in our state and protect our water, our food, our soil, and our air. Oklahoma may be seen to some as just an open plain, but they do not see all the beauty Oklahoma has to offer. We have mountains, lakes, plains, cliffs, caves, fields of flowers, and so much diverse flora and fauna. We are more than just an oil and gas state. We are a state full of farmers, teachers, and business men and women. We are a state attempting to make new age changes with our wind farms. We are in a time where our world is going to change and we could be left behind with a failing economy because of our dependency on oil and gas. We could add more jobs and more opportunities for Oklahoma to be apart of a change that will positively affect the world.
Anyone can help contribute to decreasing the burden we place on our planet, and it is important that we do our part, no matter how little impact we feel we have. But we cannot protect the people of our great state or the natural beauty the state has to offer unless our government begins to act more responsibly. They can do this by joining the Bipartisan Climate which is why we need to reach out to our representation like district Representative Tom Cole at (202) 225-6165 or Representative Lucas at (202) 225-5565. We can also reach Senator Inhofe’s office at (202) 224-4721 and Senator Lankford’s office at (202) 224-5754.
About the Writer
Thompson Dickerson graduated from the University of Oklahoma with an English Literature and cultural studies degree. Miss Dickerson is currently a lobbyist for FCNL (Friends Committee on National Legislation). She is presently a middle school teacher in Oklahoma.