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Letter: Climate change exists, so let’s find solutions

Climate change exists, so let’s find solutions

“The risk of climate change is clear and the risk warrants action.” This opening statement on ExxonMobil’s climate webpage summarizes the consensus reached not just by scientists around the world, but by large companies, as well. Debate no longer focuses on the existence of climate change, but has moved on to negotiating solutions.

Therefore, it is strange that the existence of climate change remains highly contested in politics. If both scientists and large companies agree that it is an immediate risk, why has political debate not moved on? Where is the information coming from that is fueling our politicians’ viewpoints? Are our politicians so motivated by personal interest that they are willing to endanger their constituencies?

Climate change is no longer an abstract concept but a present threat, currently altering our lives in numerous ways. Recognizing this, many companies such as ExxonMobil have spoken out about the impact of climate change on their consumers. Ben and Jerry’s, a lighter but still serious example, recently published a list of “Flavors We Could Lose to Climate Change,” observing that coffee, chocolate and nuts are among the foods already experiencing casualties due to changing and warming weather patterns.

Yet many of those with the power to implement climate change solutions continue to deny its existence. The danger posed to both humans and our surroundings is not something that can be ignored any longer. It is time to set aside our political ideologies and move to mitigate the current threat that is climate change.

Jessica Gilbert

Buffalo

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