Reader's View: Heed the warnings on climate change
The editorial cartoon and the "Local View" column by David Gerhart ("Climate is always changing -- but not this fast") on the April 5 News Tribune Opinion page should be duplicated, distributed widely, and, hopefully, given some definite citizen ...
The editorial cartoon and the "Local View" column by David Gerhart ("Climate is always changing - but not this fast") on the April 5 News Tribune Opinion page should be duplicated, distributed widely, and, hopefully, given some definite citizen brain study before it is too late.
Whether our planet was religiously created or very gradually developed by many centuries of people like us, we need to give our current climate situation very serious thought. Chris Hedges in his books has classified our ruling class now as globalized, corporate capitalism. How far have they taken us?
The editorial cartoon made it clear that money has become our goal. That wouldn't be so scary to me if we truly democratically were doing this by the people, with the people, and for the people. But we all know that isn't how the game is being played. Wealth inequality is steadily growing like there will be no tomorrow. Sadly, that could be our fate.
Please read and reread the commentary and cartoon. This is very, very serious. What is being warned could happen regardless since the pace is already so far along, but we should be able to make some adjustments before it is too late.
In my many, many years, I habitually have underlined basic parts of my readings for later referral. Let me share the following: We do know that 90 percent of all ocean fish has disappeared since 1950, that nearly 60 percent of wildlife has vanished since 1970, and that severe bleaching of coral reefs, so important for ocean diversity, has increased fivefold since the 1980s. The loss of biodiversity is a serious issue for human survival because human healthy ecosystems provide us with vital services such as oxygen, clean air, water purification, pollination, foods, and medicines.