Dire cli­mate warn­ings de­mand ac­tion

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - — Philadel­phia In­quirer, The As­so­ci­ated Press

A UN re­port de­picts a world un­able to com­bat cli­mate change with­out “un­prece­dented” ac­tion.

New Jer­sey, gen­er­ally bet­ter on en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, is fight­ing off­shore oil drilling with a tough new ban, up­dat­ing its Shore Pro­tec­tion Plan, and mak­ing it eas­ier for off­shore wind farm de­vel­op­ment

Con­sumers play an im­por­tant role, too. They can choose clean en­ergy to fuel their homes and ve­hi­cles.

If they won’t, the gov­ern­ment should hit con­sumers in the wal­lets with a con­sumer car­bon tax on fos­sil fuel us­age.

Even small steps mat­ter, in­clud­ing us­ing mass tran­sit, trad­ing in plas­tic bags for reusable sacks, and sup­port­ing tree plant­ing pro­grams, such as Philadel­phia’s treep­hilly.org.

If we don’t fight cli­mate change now, we will lose our qual­ity of life and con­demn fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to a world where just breath­ing could be dan­ger­ous.

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