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8 TUESDAY, APRIL 16 - THURSDAY, APRIL l& 2013 NEWS Cape Gazette build a s Climate change has ar- rived - right now, right here in Delaware. How can we adapt in ways that do not harm our quality of life? Can we respond without retreat? Everyone wants better qual- ity of life. But we now face a daunting choice: we cannot promise better lives for future generations if we continue with traditional means of producing and using energy. Use" isn't sustainable, especially rently, everyone involuntarily The problem: the growing when that energy comes from subsidizes carbon pollution by scale of human activities is fossil f ls. What will be our oil and coal producers: $502 encountering the limits of na- new formula? billion by U.S. taxpayers every ture to sustain that expansion. One way to reconceive theyear, $1.9 trillion worldwide, a Nature plays by its own rules, formula is to charge people new IMF study reported. not ours. more for putting carbon into If we price carbon pollution We need to get a handle on the atmosphere. Leading econo- to reflect the real environmen- the magnitude of the problem, mists recommend that those tal costs to our climate, we may There has never been a modern who pollute more with carbon have both the incentive and society that has increased per should pay more. Those who go the wealth to repair our way of " capita standard of living while green, walk and conserve, pay living. decreasing its use of energy, lesS. Renewable energy innova- The history of the developed Jim Yong Kim, president of tions are another part of the world in particular shows big the World Bank, recommends new formula. Solar and wind increases in both standards of that we end harmful fuel sub- can provide much of the energy living and energy use from the sidles, which distort prices by America currently consumes. Industrial Age on. making those fossil fuels look The focus of energy innova- In the developing world far cheaper than they really are. tion is in cities, because that too, the path to better living Subsidies increase carbon use is where much of the world's is understood to require more by about 5 percent. He thinks population (and 80 percent of production of energy for home, we should also put a cap on Americans) live. Cities are be- transportation and industrial carbon pollution, or at least a ing re-thought as complex adap- use. heavy tax. tive systems - just like nature's But the formula of "better California, Europe, Australia ecosystems. living through increased energy and Japan already do this. Cur- Here, a kind of innovation called "whole system design" comes to life. The main idea behind this new"'systems" thinking is to integrate human activities and economics to work within nature's own economy - to see ourselves nested within na- ture, and to build accordingly. Urban planners can help to create socially rich, economi- cally vibrant, walkable, green and healthy cities for people and nature. These cities will be attractive to both young and aging people. A new formula for living will make cities better designed for people and a more meaningful life. It will help to fill the health prescription for more active lifestyles, and the demands of seniors for urban design to sup- port "aging in place" - living in their neighborhoods after they stop driving. With a new formula, we can have better lives and use less energy..Responding to climate change and going green is no retreat from the quality of life. It is the quality of life - for all life. John Mateyko, is a Lewes architect who chairs Sustainable Delaware; Dr. Tom Powers, is director of the UD Center for Science, Ethics and Public Policy. They co-chair the Thursday conference on climate change and land use. Letters )) Let's make healthy the new Delaware normal If someone stepped into my shoes for a day as a nurse practi- tioner, the vision of needless suf-. fering and impaired lives by two infamous health complications would haunt them. Heart disease and stroke survivors go through so much that the experience would not be easily forgotten. I contemplate and actually inves- tigate why in this country, and foremost Delaware, a rampant cardiovascular disease exists. A sedentary way of life and high- fat, high-sugar diets threaten to leave this young generation of Delaware kids to have shorter life expectancies thantheir parents, for the first time in history. The risk factors that 75 percent of the population faces are stark. I hope our business, government and leaders make improving health and reducing obesity a priority and focus on what we can do to get people active. This will ultimately reduce the suffer- ing I see each and every day, the unfortunate cumulative effects of many years of excess weight and lack of activity. The DelawareCoalition for Healthy Eating, Active Living Co- alition and the American Heart Association are working together to create a Delaware where healthy is the new normal. Lynn Toth Lewes II Whether you're out with friends or just waiting for a quick bite to eat, Keno makes any place you are an exciting place to be. It's fast, it's fun--and it could win you up to $1 million dollars with Keno Bonus. To find Keno locations near you, visit Fun. On the spot. I You must be 18 years old to play. Delaware Gambling Helpline: 1-888-850-8888.