It seems that one can’t pick up a newspaper these days without coming upon another troubling development regarding our warming planet.
According to Rutgers University climate scientist Jennifer Francis, “The globe is warmer now than it has been in the last 100 years and more likely in at least 5,000 years. Any wisps of doubt that human activities are at fault are now gone with the wind” (“2014 was the hottest year ever recorded on Earth,” Jan. 17).
What makes the 2014 record even more significant is the fact that it occurred in the absence of an El Niño weather oscillation, when the central Pacific warms and influences global weather patterns.
Clearly, as the scientific community and a growing number of climate activists are telling us, we need to take bold action at the local and global level to address this threat to all life on the planet.
There are some excellent campaigns to get involved in: Take part in Global Divestment Day (Feb. 13-14), stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and support the efforts of Citizens’ Climate Lobby to pass a revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend.
We owe it to future generations to bring all our passion, energy and imagination to this challenge.