To the editor,

In the 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”, AI Gore attempted to educate the public about

“Climate Change.” On Feb. 2, 2019 Greta Thunberg wrote: “I am not saying anything new, I am just saying what scientists have repeatedly said for decades. And I agree with you, I’m too young to do this. We children shouldn’t have to do this. But since almost no one is doing anything, and our very future is at risk, we feel like we have to continue.”

At this point, most ecologists and climate scientists have long since been convinced that this is a serious threat. Now there is also plenty of material in the popular literature of science, natural history, gardening, small scale farming, etc. For example:

Audubon, Fall 2019

EDF Solutions, vol. 50, No. 3, Summer 2019, pp. 8-11, 16

National Geographic, August 2019, pp. 40-113, September 2019, pp. 44-115

Science News, March 16, 2019, pp. 20-24, September 14, 2019. p. 4, p. 5

The Humanist, July-August 2019, pp. 13-28

The Nation, March 25, 2019, pp. 18-19, 26, July 15/22, 2019 pp. 31-34, October 7, 2019, pp. 16-25

The Progressive Populist, Vol. 25, No. 18, October 15, 2019, pg.22

Scientists and news media around the world have documented the effects of climate change: rising ocean levels, dying coral reefs, steadily warming global temperatures, melting glaciers, more extreme storms, flooding coastal areas, warming and more acidic sea waters, changes in migration patterns, shifting ranges of species including some such as the black legged tick (deer tick) which directly impact humans. Plus the governments of nearly 200 nations, with the glaring exception of the United States the world’s biggest polluter, have agreed with scientists.

However, many Politicians, under the influence of the fossil fuel and other industries, continue to deny climate change or delay any action to counteract it. While the details of the phenomenon itself may be highly technical, the overall outlines of the solution are simple and straightforward: We must reduce our use of fossil fuels and other activities that release C02, methane, and other “greenhouse gases.”

Although this will disrupt the economic system and pose challenges for people in certain industries, there is no alternative. We are already late, and the sooner we move to implement this solution the better.

Andrew P. Nelson, PhD

For the Oswego Chapter of AAUW

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