Sept. 10’s most important news appeared not on Page A1 but on Page A6 of The Tribune as “CO2 hits record level,” detailing the rise in atmospheric CO2 between 1990 and 2013.
The issue of rising greenhouse gasses, primarily due to the burning of fossil fuels, should be of concern to everyone. As CO2 has steadily risen from 280 ppm pre-Industrial Age to the current 396 ppm, our planet has been heating up. Storms are more intense, flooding is widespread, and seas are more acidic.
Due to our warming earth, ice caps are melting at a faster and faster rate, with oceans projected by 2100 to rise as much as 23 feet, enough to submerge our coastal cities.
So far, due to influence peddling by the fossil fuel industry, it’s been business as usual in Washington, with no progress made on capping CO2 emissions. On Sept. 21 at 2 p.m., many of our neighbors will be marching locally in solidarity with the historic New York City march in advance of the U.N. Climate Summit.
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We need to let our leaders know that business as usual is destroying our beloved planet. Come to Mitchell Park in San Luis Obispo and let your voice be heard.