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This Earth Day, Put People Before Polluters

EDITORIAL NOTE: This blog post was originally posted on President Elisabeth MacNamara's Huffington Post blog.

This week, Americans, including members of the League of Women Voters, will honor our environment and celebrate Earth Day. Many of our fellow Americans realize that climate change is the greatest environmental challenge of our generation, and the reason for this grave concern was recently made clear yet again. According to a study released last week by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading United Nations climate science body, time is running out to protect our planet and prevent the disastrous effects of global climate change.

The report warns that if major global action is not taken before 2020, the world will face a whole range of irrevocable effects, including dangerously high temperatures, rising seas, acidified oceans, severe crop failures and mass extinctions of plant and animal species. "The longer we wait, the more costly things will be," warns Stanford University economist Charles Kolstad, a lead author of the report.

Continue reading at the Huffington Post.