Date: 9/20/19 1:48 pm
From: Derb Carter <derbc...>
Subject: Bird decline

> If you are saddened or frustrated by the loss of nearly a third of our birds since 1970, do something. One person can make a difference, and collectively many like minded people can make change. Rachel Carson was concerned about the loss of birds to DDT, wrote about it, and in short order it was banned. Fifteen year old Greta Thunberg decided to strike from school to demand action on climate and today over a million joined her worldwide. Some women in New York banded together to stop the use of egret and heron feathers to adorn hats and soon it was illegal. The people elected a birder Theodore Roosevelt and with a stroke of the pen he protected millions of acres of public lands forever as parks, monuments, and wildlife refuges.
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> Others have made great suggestions on what you can do personally or on your property. I will add some more. There are as many ways to get involved to respond to the causes of the decline in birds as there are causes. And there are organizations working to address all these problems. Find an organization working to acquire and protect habitat in your area, or working to increase public awareness of the decline of birds and loss of habitat, or working to move to clean energy as quickly as possible - and get involved. Ask candidates who want your vote - from town councils to president - what their positions are on issues affecting birds and get involved.
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> Margaret Mead said "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has."
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> Derb Carter
> Chapel Hill NC
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