Letters to the Editor

Letter: Politics is not a spectator sport

To the Editor 

Earth Systems scientists published a comment in the Journal Nature this past Nov. 27 that evidence for runaway climate change is gathering rapidly. Their premise is that we are in a climate crisis now and that concerted action can’t wait any longer.

The only climate remedy for which substantial political spadework has been laid is a carbon tax and public dividend, HR 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019. Yet, conventional political wisdom is that as long as Trump Republicans control the Senate, its passage is out of the question.

The sad truth is that even among climate change believers, political involvement is vanishingly low and until that changes, no action will be forthcoming. We are told that something over half the population now accepts climate change as a legitimate threat. Yet, it is probable that fewer than one in ten thousand of them has taken any meaningful action to urge their legislators to pass a carbon tax – something as simple as a single letter or phone call.   

Politics is not a spectator sport. Every adult who accepts the reality of climate change has an obligation to take meaningful action to counter it beyond just changing a few light bulbs.

It’s time to convince the deniers in Congress that their base can’t possibly rescue them in the face of a determined political majority when civilization is at stake. Write a letter to your congressperson.

Make a call. Attend a meeting of your local Citizens Climate Lobby. Make a difference. Do it now. Time is running out.

Donovan C. Wilkin

Huntley

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