Letters to the Editor

Leaders are squandering time to confront climate change

In his Sept. 29 column in The Gazette, Cal Thomas made an ad hominem attack on 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

Thomas claims Thunberg is promoting an end-of-the-planet scenario when she takes world leaders to task for failing to address the clear and compelling threats posed by climate change.

Among climate scientists, 97 percent believe humans are causing the climate to warm. Countless organizations, including NASA, the World Health Organization, and the National Academy of Sciences, agree with these scientists.

By failing to acknowledge the reality of the threat and to act on it, Thomas and our current administration are wasting precious time and are condemning future generations, including Thunberg’s, to an increasingly uninhabitable planet.

Greta Thunberg and many of her peers recognize that this inaction places their future in peril. They can look forward to more extreme weather events, rising sea levels worldwide, melting glaciers, millions of climate refugees, declining crop yields, and wholesale loss of species, including pollinators, from a hotter and hotter planet.

In the staff editorial “Time is running out,” the staff of The Gazette is right. Our elected officials at the national and state level are squandering the time available to make a difference. We as citizens need to demand that our representatives address climate change now.

Frank Olsen

Cedar Rapids

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