To the Editor:
The clock is ticking...
The alarm is ringing…
The question is, “What will we do?”
Since the Industrial Age, the clock on human-induced climate change has been ticking. The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that human activities have caused a 1.8 temperature rise above pre-industrial levels and that this rise is likely to reach 2.7– 3.6 between 2030 and 2052, resulting in extreme heat events, extreme precipitation, flooding, drought, sea level rise, species extinction, ocean acidification and risks to health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, national security and the economy.
Climate experts say we have 10 years before human contributions to CO2 emissions and global warming will reach a “tipping point” of irreversible damage to our planet. Is this the world we want to pass to our children?
Action can be taken to mitigate the problem, but it takes intelligent, knowledgeable and compassionate leadership. This why it is imperative that we elect leaders like Rep. Sean Casten, who understands the problem, knows the range of mitigating actions necessary to address it, and who has the strength of conviction, commitment to push for action.
As a member of the Congressional Select Committee, he helped craft a comprehensive action plan to address the climate crisis. Meanwhile, his Republican opponent not only questions the need for action, but the very science of human-induced climate change.
We desperately need strong, intelligent, and compassionate leaders working for us in Washington. We need to re-elect Rep. Sean Casten for our state, our nation, our world, but most of all, for our children.
Dr. Bruce A. Lane