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Letter: Do not dismiss measures that might save the planet

The Earth is in physical crisis. She needs open heart surgery, or maybe even a transplant. The specialists have given her perhaps 12 years, (some say less), to perform radical remedial action if she ever wants to resemble her former self.

Perhaps because climate science is a relatively young science compared with medicine, mathematics or chemistry that have been experimenting and evolving for centuries, many people feel they are more qualified to make policy on ecology and climate than highly-trained experts in the field.

I can’t recall ever hearing anyone second guessing their cardiologist when they tell them immediate surgery is required. Yet, when it comes to the subject of climate change, and what it will take to reverse the deadly effects of it, every high school graduate is an expert. We are living in denial. As Al Gore so succinctly labeled it, it is an inconvenient truth, but like heart disease or cancer, denying it won’t make it go away.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is radical; so is cutting open a person’s chest, or poisoning specific parts of a person’s body, but we are way past passive measures to save this patient. It is going to take a concerted effort by not just a dedicated fraction of Earth’s population, but everyone, if our planet is to survive.

It’s going to be difficult, and sacrifices are going to have to be made. There’s a very good chance nothing we do at this point will ultimately work, but don’t we owe it to our families to do the best we can to save them? Wouldn’t you like to send them the message we did our best for a cause we knew would benefit them and the planet that gives us all life?

Let’s not continue to quibble while the water rises around us. Peace.

Paul Taylor


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