To the editor,
People will be clamoring for far more action much faster in coming years as the masses realize what scientists know today. With the media largely bought-off by the coal, oil and auto industries, there is woefully little coverage of what should be daily front page news as the biggest emergency ever known to humanity.
There is no question that we are in abrupt climate change that the Pentagon warned about in their 2004 report that found that global warming vastly eclipses the threat of terrorism. We are triggering numerous natural mechanisms that are causing a runaway greenhouse effect that threatens to wipe out most species alive and kill billions of people this century according to top scientists.
The record ice
melt of the summer of 2007 should be a major wake-up call to everyone, as it was
to scientists. Predictions of an
Tens of thousands
of walrus were unable to reach the ice, which was 700 miles from where it should
have been, and had to turn back for the first time in history last summer.
They swam all the way back to land and climbed up onto the
Most Arctic species are now threatened with extinction by climate change. And those who think this will only affect the polar bear are quite wrong.
Those opposed to action to combat climate change are climate terrorists, contributing to the mass murder of future generations. The science is extraordinarily clear: far more studied than anything else in history. George Bush, George Voinovich, and the others working to derail this critical piece of legislation will be seen as the Adolph Hitlers of our day, contributing to a holocaust vastly eclipsing the horrors of World War II.
Those thinking such words overly harsh need to take a re-look at the latest findings. We are not talking about a few degrees. The IPCC said we could see an 11 degree temperature rise this century, and their predictions thus far have vastly underestimated the actual effects.
Lifestyles is not the issue, survival is. The wonderful thing is that this will also solve the problem of the skyrocketing cost of oil and coal. It means we will rapidly shift to efficiency and renewables, and create good, clean sustainable jobs in a smog and pollution free future, if we can make the changes fast enough to avert turning our planet into a hellish climate of death, disease and climate disaster destruction.
Kister is the Author of Arctic Quest: Odyssey Through a Threatened Wilderness Area; Arctic Melting: How Climate Change is Destroying One of the World’s Largest Wilderness Areas and Against All Odds: The Struggle to Save The Ridges. He is also the producer of the 2006 film, Caribou People. The second edition of Arctic Melting is coming out this September, with 100+ more pages and thoroughly updated throughout.
An electronic version of this is available at www.chadkister.com and www.safeclimateact.org.