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Letters to the editor of the Globe Magazine

Readers share their thoughts on stories about observing climate through a single tree, a climate change diary, and picking up litter.


What a wonderful adventure, well told, [Lynda V.] Mapes [“Listen to the Trees,” April 30]. And so true: Everyday, we grow increasingly, distressingly detached from the miraculous planet that gives us life. That protecting the environment has become a partisan issue is beyond insane. Long live tree huggers and trees. Without them, we’d have no air whatsoever to breathe.


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A captivating and beautiful article! I will certainly look for her new book, Witness Tree: Seasons of Change With a Century-Old Oak. I have friends who live in Petersham. Perhaps on a visit, I’ll be able to meet this particular red oak myself. I know I’ll see more of any tree in the future because I’ve had the pleasure of learning from Mapes’s observations.


Eleanor Rubin / West Newton


Thanks for this [“Green Mountain Diary,” April 30]. I, too, have noticed that spring is earlier in Massachusetts and autumn later, as well as changes in when birds arrive or leave, when trees leaf out, when particular flowers bloom, but much less precisely than this writer. Climate change is real.


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I loved the Perspective by Elizabeth Gehrman (“Let’s All Pick Up One Piece of Trash,” April 30). I also pick up litter. It’s not so difficult to carry a piece (or two) of trash to the nearest trash can, and it makes our streets look so much nicer!

Suzanne Salamon / Brookline

I wanted to shout “Yes’’ and jump up and down when I read Gehrman’s essay. We moved to Massachusetts almost four years ago. I have always loved New England and was so excited to move here. How disappointed I was to see the amount of litter everywhere. A few of my neighbors and I participated in a town cleanup. We did maybe 1½ miles of road and filled 23 bags of trash. I am embarrassed. My neighbors are embarrassed. How can people not care? Massachusetts needs to revitalize its Do Not Litter campaign.


Cheryl Davenport / Hudson

I walk every day down Maverick Street and go through the Stadium in East Boston. It’s so annoying to see all the trash on the sidewalks and street. I remember when little old ladies would be out in front of their houses, sweeping the sidewalk every day. How can people walk out of their houses and not pick up what’s right in front of them? I sweep the curb in front of my house and my four neighbors’ houses. People may say I’m nuts, but I have to do it!

Colleen Alioto (a.k.a. The Litter Lady) / Winthrop

As long as we keep up the practice of restricting the disposal of trash, it will find itself on the side of the road. In my town, you cannot dispose of something at the town dump unless you have a dump sticker. How stupid! Where do you think that item will end up? MassDOT gathers 90,000 bags of trash along the highways each year. Make it easier to get rid of the stuff.

Tom OBoyle

Eaton, New Hampshire

My partner and I always take bags on neighborhood walks and along the Charles River. We usually fill several bags of bottles and cans and several more of non-recyclable trash, dumping them in trash/recycle bins along the way. It’s a great way to get stretches in while making the world a bit cleaner. We call it our “Trash Yoga.”


Christine Loken-Kim


I was so happy to read this. As a millennial, I feel great responsibility to try and effect environmental change. I was happy to learn of the Keep America Beautiful program, as I am always looking for ways to get myself, my friends, and my co-workers proactively involved.

Kathryn Dunlop / Dedham

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