A Crusade Against Global Warming  

By Brian Marchetti 

For decades, climate scientists across the globe have warned humanity about the use of fossil fuels and their impact on the world’s rising temperatures. Global warming has led to drought, extreme weather events, and rising water levels due to melting polar caps. A local resident has decided to contribute his knowledge and time to urge governments towards a clean energy future.  

Rollin Dix, a resident of Beverly/Morgan Park since 1971, has an impressive scientific background. He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and worked as a professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. His concern for the damage that’s been done to the planet is personal. 

“I’m worried about the world my grandchildren will inherit,” Dix said. “The situation is not good. The slow development of alternative energy sources and the rapidly advancing global warming cause me concern.”  

In 2018, Dix organized the local chapter of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby, an organization that urges everyday citizens and members of congress to make changes and pass legislation to combat global warming. Since then, he has moved on to promoting the Fossil Fuel Nonproliferation Treaty Initiative.  

“It’s a worldwide effort to develop and then ratify a treaty that has three main propositions,” Dix said.  

Countries that sign on will first promise that they will no longer conduct searches for fossil fuels and will cease fossil fuel infrastructure development. Secondly, countries promise to reduce fossil fuel production and use in an attempt to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees centigrade. Finally, the country promises to help fossil fuel dependent countries move towards cleaner sources of energy.  

Dix has reached out to 15 organizations throughout Chicago, an organization in Michigan, and in Florida. So far, Bethany Union Church, 1750 W, 103rd St., has been his first local success. According to Dix, the city of Key West has recently endorsed the treaty.  

Dix has experienced the devastating effects of global warming firsthand. On Sept. 27, 2022, a tidal surge caused by Hurricane Ian unleashed a 15-foot wave that severely damaged his condominium at Fort Myers, Fla.  

“It nearly destroyed the entire building which has almost 100 units,” Dix said. “The water, along with 150 mph winds, severely damaged several condominiums, including mine. Global warming is here.”  

For more information regarding the Fossil Fuel Nonproliferation Treaty, go to fossilfueltreaty.org. 

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