Letter: Only you can prevent global warming | Letters to the Editor

The January 14 news item “Earth reaches 6th hottest year on record” continues the relentless march towards a warmer Earth. It’s time to silence the Talking Heads and their “Burning Down the House” soundtrack. Is it hot in here or is it me? Both! Temperatures keep rising and, paraphrasing Smokey the Bear, “Only you can prevent global warming”. How? ‘Or’ What? 1. Prevent all climate deniers from carrying out their duties; 2. Support all political, economic, social and investment pathways towards the difficult conversion to electric vehicles, plant-based food and renewable energy. What do we want? No more fossil fuels! When do we want it? NOW! 3. Educate yourself and others about why it is necessary.

There is no Plan(and) B, and like cancer treatment, the sooner you try to alleviate the problem, the better your chances of minimizing it.

In this reality, does drilling offshore for more oil seem so insane to you?

We are simply borrowing the planet from future generations of human and non-human animals who depend on us not to mess things up for them. As Smokey tells us, only you can do that. Maybe Yogi is smarter than the average bear, but this Smokey was also a damn smart bear.

Jay Lustgarten

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