We need to act now to combat global warming

To the editor:

I recently read two letters to the editor on the subject of climate change. One by Jeffrey Baumgardner who believes that climate change is real, but says with great certainty that God is causing the changing climate which I assume he means as a way to punish us.

There is only one way to prove or disprove Jeff’s assertion and that is to act now to eliminate the threat to our planet from greenhouse gas emissions. If we do our part by significantly reducing these emissions and if the letter writer is correct and God wants to punish us, he can always send down a few thunderbolts to destroy the earth and prove Jeff’s assertion.

If God doesn’t want the earth destroyed, and because of our avarice, ignorance and foolish complacency, we allow this planet to become uninhabitable, then Jeff better hope that on Judgement Day God is merciful. God doesn’t want the earth, our home, his creation, destroyed.

The second letter written by John Brittain asks the question is climate change “going to be all that bad?” He also implies that scientists are intellectuals and therefore shouldn’t be believed. Wow! That’s extraordinary! What, believe uneducated people instead?

The problem is not that we will get a little warmer and can just crank up the air conditioner. What’s at stake is that humanity faces the prospect of an uninhabitable planet.

Global warming has been studied for 50 years. With almost universal agreement, scientists believe that climate change is real and humans are the cause of it. Because we have wasted so much time in solving this problem, it is now a planetary crisis. According to leading scientists, we have about 12 years to make ambitious changes to maintain the increase in temperature above preindustrial levels to between 1.5 and 2.0 degrees Celsius. We have very little margin for error.

Many of us who are senior citizens are not going to experience the worst effects of climate change. We owe it to our grandchildren and future generations to solve this problem now.

The window of opportunity is closing. As Gov. Jay Inslee from Washington state said, “we are the first generation to feel the effects of climate change and we are the last generation that can do something about it.”

Gary Gill

Lewistown

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