Reader: Let's be known as the 'Caring Generation'
To the editor:
In Tom Brokaw's book, The Greatest Generation, he tells the story of his parent's generation who risked their lives in World War II to confront an unspeakable tyranny. Because of their sacrifice, we are a free people. Although in a much different way, global warming is a real threat to our lives now and in the future, just as much as Nazi Germany or Imperial Japan was in the 1940s. We must act now. There is precious little time to wait.
Here is a sampling of the evidence of global warming:
The decade from 2000-2009 was the hottest on record.
97 percent of climate experts agree that humans are causing global warming.
Ocean levels and acidification are rising.
Weather events are made more frequent and extreme from global warming.
CO2 is increasing rapidly and reaching levels not seen in millions of years.
Global warming will cause mass extinctions of species and with little time span allowing them time to adapt.
113 nations signed the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Control agreeing that action must be taken to reduce greenhouse emissions.
Glaciers are in rapid retreat worldwide.
Although it has been cold in most of the United States this winter, the same is not true for most of the planet. The global warming trend continues.
By making small sacrifices now we can make the world a place where the future is more livable, and we don't have to go to war to make this happen like the World War II generation did. In fact, if we don't act now we make war and violence more likely as people fight over scarce livable land and food. You don't have to believe me; I'm not a scientist. All I am asking is that you become informed. Don't listen to the extreme right and the religious zealots who don't believe in science. And don't listen to the paid politicians who are mere pawns of the fossil fuel industry.
Let us not be the generation that said: "I care about the future of my children and grandchildren, well, as long as it is not an inconvenience for me." Let us act so that history may refer to us as the "Caring Generation."
If we do not make the small sacrifices now to ensure a livable future, history may harshly refer to us as the "Uncaring Generation." That would be a great shame.