I sit up at night, listening to my son cough in his bed. A dry, rough cough that seems too large for his 6-year-old body, a cough that has settled upon him like the blanket of smoke settled upon our state. I look at the gray-yellow sky, I check the air-quality reports, I wonder if he should take the 10-minute bike ride to school that he loves. And I think: this isn’t accidental, this isn’t natural. This is climate change, and this is our responsibility.

Senators Tester and Daines, Representative Gianforte, Governor Bullock: denial, avoidance and inaction are no longer an option. The science is clear: climate change is causing longer, hotter, drier summers, leading to larger and more intense fires, which in turn cause increased respiratory disorders. We elected you to lead and to serve, to protect our state and our families. The time for action is now. We need clear, visionary, immediate climate action: reducing fossil fuel consumption and transitioning to renewable energy. Don’t let the Last Best Place go up in smoke.

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Mary DuVernay

Helena

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