Vote to avert the coming climate emergency

To the Editor:


As an ordinary retired citizen of Roseville, I recently decided to look into where we stand on meeting the climate change challenge. Suddenly and shockingly, I saw that all the science is pointing to an unlivable world within our lifetimes (well, maybe not mine, but probably yours, and definitely your grandchildren's lifetime).

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report issued on Oct. 8 describes the world scientific consensus that "avoiding the damage requires transforming the world economy at a speed and scale that has no documented historic precedent." Specifically, their report states we must reduce carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2050 to avoid the worst effects. This is a huge transformation of energy use and infrastructure, and we aren't close to being on track. We should use the right word — emergency — for our current situation. Which does not mean there is no hope and nothing we can do, but it does mean urgent action. 

We need to stop talking and start acting now. A good place to start is to vote for people who see the problem and commit to action at every level — local, state and federal.


Priscilla Morton 


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