Time matters in climate change fight
I find it interesting that global warming deniers seem to look at the polar vortex situations in January and are quite sure that it is proof that the phenomenon is a hoax. However, when we go through record heat spells, with a full two-thirds of the U.S. population affected earlier this month, they seem to be quiet. For starters, most of us understand the difference between climate and weather, thanks to people like WGN’s Tom Skilling. I think this also reflects a lot of the ideological shouting matches that we seem to have going on. Anyone can pick and choose his or her facts to support a case or position. True thinkers look at the entire breadth of facts and data and come to clearer conclusions.
In the case of climate change, I ran into an interesting quotation from Voltaire. “Men argue; nature acts.”
A few months ago, I saw a T-shirt that gave this a 21st-century spin: “Science and the earth don’t care what you believe.” For anyone who is fortunate enough to have children and grandchildren, I think that it is becoming clearer day by day that our world is warming way too quickly, and we desperately need to begin to address our contributions to the situation. Our carbon footprint needs to be brought under control and reduced now. Time is no longer an ally; it is an enemy. Let’s all resolve to leave a wonderful, bounteous earth to future generations. — Terry Ferrari, Dyer, Indiana