Within only four days after President Trump declined participation in the Paris Climate Compact, “over 1,200 governors, mayors and businesses (in the US) promised to do whatever they could to meet the climate goals President Obama agreed to meet in the Paris Compact on Climate Change,” as stated by the editorial of June 7, 2017 in the New York Times. This was written in a letter entitled "We Are Still In" that succinctly outlined the benefits to reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.

Here in West Milford, I have observed a number of solar collectors on rooftops and our board of education has reported looking into solar energy for two of its schools. Last September, my husband and I were able to install nine solar panels on our garage roof rather than our house due to the dense tree coverage surrounding our lakeside home. Our bill for May, a relatively cloudy month, was $6.54!

I invite others in our community to join the more than 190 nations in a collective effort to limit the rise in global warming by making a conscious decision to cut back on the amount of gas and oil you and your family use.

To bring the message home, our personal use of solar energy over 25 years, according to Sun Power Solar Company, is estimated to offset the following: 77,549 kWH of electricity, 121,650 pounds of CO2 emissions, 390 pounds of NOx which creates smog, 353 pounds of SOx which causes acid rain, 24 pounds of particulates that cause asthma. That’s the environmental equivalent of 197,937 miles driven in an average car or taking .6 cars off the road for 25 years or planting 1 acre of trees!

Who says one person can’t make a difference.

Norma and Karl Stehle

Hewitt