Letter: Call it what it is: A climate crisis

Published: 5/13/2019 12:01:29 AM

The Monitor’s May 6 Opinion page was, quite appropriately, filled with three excellent “My Turn” pieces, all providing helpful views on climate change and global warming. These last two terms are often used interchangeably, although technically speaking it is global warming that is causing climate change.

And that raises a further point: Truth be known, neither term is any longer appropriate. Many years ago, “climate change” was suggested as preferable term to “global warming” by fossil fuel-friendly interests – it simply sounds less onerous. But after decades of too much talk and not enough action, it’s beyond time to call a spade a spade, and transition to the more appropriate term, “climate crisis.”

A crisis is defined as “a difficult or dangerous time in which a solution is needed – and quickly.” And that is where we are now with our climate. Sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg understood this when she told World Economic Forum participants in January: “I don’t want you to be hopeful, I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.”

Monitor readers can act in many ways, but most importantly by educating themselves about appropriate responses, by talking with others, and by asking every elected official, and every candidate for office, what they are doing, or will do, about the climate crisis.

ROGER SHAMEL

Hillsborough




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