Climate Change Interview 3: Retired Hospice Nurse - Oregon, Wisconsin

Updated: Feb 20, 2020

Live Interview

Susie Romano – Silent Generation – Retired Hospice Nurse, Mother of 3 & Grandmother of 10

Child with wagon full of fallen leaves

1. What are your thoughts when you hear that the climate is warming, the environment is being destroyed and that humans are the cause?

“I’m terrified at the thought of it. I think of the people who are in countries that are poverty stricken where they don’t have enough clean water now or they are in areas that have a lot of air pollution. Climate change is going to increase those conditions. That terrifies me. The death and destruction in those countries that are on the coasts throughout the world when the sea levels rise. Even in the United States, in all our coastal areas there will be great problems.”

2. In your mind what are the forces that drive climate change and environmental degradation?

“I think number one force is ignorance on all of our parts and even those who know that climate change is happening don’t know what to do about it. And then there is the fact that people in poverty areas of the globe don’t have access to the news and information about what is going on nor do they have the resources necessary to make changes if they wanted to. We are talking about billions of people.”

“Even here many people are not getting accurate news, so they don’t think that climate change is really happening. There are news sources that say that this climate change is all a lie so don’t worry about it. Then, those who do believe it and want to do something about are finding its so hard to know exactly what to do.”

3. Has your life been affected in any way? If so, how?

“Many times, during the day I think about climate change. I think about it much more than I did even five years ago. Even though I knew about it 30 years ago I’m thinking about it much, much more than I did. Now as I look around the house, I’m thinking about the paper toweling I’m using and how many plastic bottles we have in the house. How am I going to replace them? What am I going to do with all the stuff I have? I talk about it at home a lot. Sometimes I get aggravated.”

“Then I think about my neighbors and daily living. It’s around me all the time. I keep thinking about it. I guess I’m becoming more aware. That awareness is gradual, but we have to get there.”

4. In your opinion, what needs to be done?