Letter: We must demand leadership on climate change
Katy Burns’s column, “A moving mass of deadly mud, then silence” (Sunday Monitor Forum, March 30), tells of the horrible mudslide that wiped out the tiny community of Oso, Wash., recently. At the end, she tells of the many slide warnings that had been issued in the past and the unabated building that continued, despite the dire warnings. Now, as the United Nations’ latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report comes out, warning of the severe, pervasive and irreversible threats that humanity faces from unmitigated climate change (a threat we have the power to stem), one can’t help but wonder if the ongoing “climate silence” in Washington, D.C., will be awakened by a mass movement of citizens, rich and poor, demanding climate leadership. We can hope, and, better yet, call the White House at 202-456-1111.