As a high school teacher, I was concerned when I read the article, “Senate Not Ready to Tie Climate Change to Mankind” (Jan. 21). At my school, the teachers are constantly collaborating on how to promote 21st century skills so our students are prepared for an evolving future. One of our core philosophies is teaching them how to collaborate in groups to seek answers to big questions and solve real-world problems.
It frustrates me then when our government, with the power to implement policies, does not take climate change and our role in it seriously. Ninety-seven percent of scientists with peer-reviewed work agree that anthropogenic CO2 emissions have already caused a significant warming of our planet. Although the public is ahead of Congress in understanding this, about 45 percent of the population is still in denial.
I encourage people to refer to the website http://www.skepticalscience.com, as it debunks climate change myths with basic to complex explanations of the science. In addition, Citizens’ Climate Lobby is doing successful work toward carbon fee and dividend legislation. Their proposal would help create a market for renewable energy, cut emissions by 50 percent and add about 2.1 million jobs.