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We can make a difference in the world by acting in our communities

Former President Barack Obama speaks to a group of mayors on Dec. 5, 2017, in Chicago about combating climate change. (Phil Velasquez / Chicago Tribune)

Thank you to John B. King Jr. for urging us to recommit to our role as citizens in 2018 (“Recommit to your role as citizen in 2018,” Dec. 31). It is not just students who need to “do democracy” by getting involved in real issues. We all need to get involved in a cross-generational, multiracial, non-partisan way. We need to commit to a working democracy with incredible diversity of citizens we have in 2018. This experiment can only work when we get out of our echo chambers and have difficult discussions and work on solutions.

All the suggestions Mr. King provided are wonderful and local. For those wanting to work with gratitude and respect to take our federal democracy back while offering bipartisan solutions to climate change, please consider “action civics” with Citizens Climate Lobby.

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Sabrina S. Fu, Ellicott City

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