Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

November 21, 2013

Seeing beyond the fun of electric cars

The Andover Townsman

---- — Editor, Townsman:

Thank you for the Townsman’s coverage of the recent talk with Andover High School’s Environmental Sustainability Internship Class interns by John Rogers and Gigi Garcia-Rogers (“An eye-popping class guest,” Nov. 7). We were pleased to be able to have them talk about what the science says about opportunities for addressing climate change and about some of their own choices. The couple’s new car was a good way of getting the students’ attention, but the broader conversation was about identifying and focusing on the best opportunities for personal choices for tackling climate change.

The research by the Union of Concerned Scientists that John presented found that, for the average American who drives, the single most important choice is probably to upgrade to a car that gets better fuel economy. John and Gigi have taken this several steps further. They invested in a green car, and as a result they are investing in an industry that will be key to enabling change. They are also investing their own time to bring this story to the community, as shown by this remarkable session at the high school. Yes, it’s a fun car everyone enjoyed seeing, but the lessons learned by the students were much broader: the why, the how and the what of making a difference, as leaders in the community, one personal decision at a time.

Steve Fink

Sustainable Andover

Volunteer, AHS Environmental Sustainability Internship Class

26 Bateson Drive