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Respondents split on individual response to climate change

Boisey Neal, 12, sells bottled water to passing motorists on the corner of Orleans Street and North Milton Avenue in the McElderry Park neighborhood of Baltimore on July 1, 2019. Like many residents of McElderry Park, the city’s hottest neighborhood, Boisey lives without air conditioning. (University of Maryland Photo/Timothy Jacobsen)

Boisey Neal, 12, sells bottled water to passing motorists on the corner of Orleans Street and North Milton Avenue in the McElderry Park neighborhood of Baltimore on July 1, 2019. Like many residents of McElderry Park, the city’s hottest neighborhood, Boisey lives without air conditioning. (University of Maryland Photo/Timothy Jacobsen)

Slightly more than half of respondents to the Pulse Poll have made personal changes in response to climate change. Six said they had done so, while five said they did not.

The Daily Record published a four-part series by Capital News Service about how the warming climate is affecting Baltimore neighborhoods. Among the findings of the series: People living in the hottest parts of the city tend to be poorer; extreme heat can be dangerous for people with chronic health conditions; and trees, which play a role in shielding streets and buildings from the sun’s warmth, are more plentiful in wealthier areas of the city.

Responses to the increasing heat could involve efforts by individuals, organizations and governments. Among the ideas discussed in the fourth part of the series are painting roofs white to reflect solar energy, reducing carbon dioxide production in electricity generation, planting more trees and creating more green spaces.
Have you changed anything personally to counteract climate change? (If so, please say what you did in the comments.)

 

 

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COMMENTS

 

Combating the worst symptoms of climate change requires massive systemic upheaval- it is not something we can solve with smarter consumer choices.

— Lauren Walker

 

Further reduction of use of non-recyclables. Expanded recycling of materials. Financially supporting climate change organizations; signing petitions for action and supporting candidates. Donation to Central American groups and support to Bahamians– both climate impacted populations.

— Barbara Beelar

 

I have made my house as energy efficient as possible with the notable exception of my HVAC system. I have changed my electric supply to wind/solar, and have joined a community solar program. I will be adding solar panels to my house next year.

— Jane Coffey

 

I’ve stepped up my use of public transportation and walking rather than driving my car when I need to go somewhere.

— Dana Weckesser

 

Installed a geothermal heating and cooling system in my home to save energy and reduce emissions.

— Bette Shepherd

 

Plans are in place to purchase a hybrid vehicle. Also very cognizant of carbon footprint and trying to cut back on it where possible.

— K. Jill Barr