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Take a deep breath; do something for the planet

Surely the planet is not going to wait for us to get our act together. Every day matters. There is something you can do right now amidst everything else.

To the editor:

I’m feeling lots of appreciation to our communities as so many take good care to keep our Covid numbers down, and to keep issues of Black Lives Matter front and center. There’s another concern that is on my heart and mind, and one that’s not waiting for life to get simpler than these intense times. That’s climate change. We’re indeed being pushed to expand our capacity to handle an awful lot, and I’ve got to hope and pray it’s all going to make us stronger and better people.

Surely the planet is not going to wait for us to get our act together. Every day matters. There is something you can do right now amidst everything else.

With so many hurting these days, I want to be sure you know of possibilities for getting some help while doing your part for the environment, especially for all of you small businesses that are trying to find your way. The utility companies are offering programs that will save energy and money. This includes churches, schools, nonprofits, and small companies. They are offering free energy assessments and up to 100 percent coverage for insulation that is recommended and approved. Call CET at 413-586-7350 to find out more, as there are other incentives that can help you take action that can make a real difference.

For residents, there are also great programs for homeowners and renters/landlords of buildings with 1-4 units. Call Mass Save at 1-866-527-SAVE (7283). Sign up for a virtual audit before July 31, and again, insulation may be covered up to 100 percent for work that is recommended and approved.

So friends, take a deep breath, wear your mask, learn and march, AND take a step also for the earth. The clock is ticking. Please spread the word.

Susan Olshuff

Lenox

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