The Aug. 30 letter to the editor "Climate activists should walk the walk" missed the point.

Sure, actor Leonardo DeCaprio has a huge carbon footprint, but most of us activists have cut ours back significantly since realizing we must be part of the solution. Look in the parking lot at a meeting of the local activist group 350 Madison and you'll see mostly Priuses and bicycles. Others take the bus. Personally, I haven't flown since 2007, riding the train to visit friends and relatives on both Coasts.

The way to solve the most dangerous problem humanity has ever faced is not to snipe at imperfect people who are trying to help, but to join the movement. At 350 Madison we work to stop Enbridge's proposed tar sands pipeline through Wisconsin, to get institutions to divest from fossil fuel companies, and to get our utilities to make the switch to renewables. Other groups promote zero population growth, lobby for mass transit over highways, or for standards that mandate more efficient buildings.

I'm sure the letter writer can find a group working toward a higher gas tax if that's his passion. We look forward to welcoming him into the movement for a livable climate.

Phyllis Hasbrouck, Madison, co-coordinator of 350 Madison

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