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Seminar on climate change and health to be held in Atascadero

Lon Allan
Lon Allan

I’m one of those who not only believe that climate change is real but that activity by us humans is contributing to it.

What bothers me the most right now is there is still too much debate on whether climate change is real instead of everyone — from this small city to the federal government working to fix it.

Most of my Republican friends are convinced that this is all just a cyclical thing with the weather and it’ll take care of itself “in due time.”

Who can watch temperature readings day after day on the evening news and not see that the planet is getting warmer? John Lindsey at PG&E became a convert after recording rising ocean temperatures and sea-level increase for a long period.

My real concern is for the welfare of my grandchildren. Population increases alone are a major threat to this planet.

With Earth Day just around the bend (Wednesday), I want to know all I can about the impact climate change is having on my health and well-being.

To that end, a free seminar will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Fellowship Hall at the Community Church of Atascadero, which is at 5850 Rosario Road, just behind the Atascadero police station.

Sachi Oshima from the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department will talk about what actions we can take to improve both the health of our families and the community as we go about limiting the impacts of climate change.

The forum is being co-sponsored by Community Church, Congregation Ohr Tzafon, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and United Methodist Church.

I notice more and more letters to the editor about ways that everyday people are trying to conserve water. Heading into the fourth year of a drought has grabbed our attention, and we’re feeling the need to conserve.

So I’m hoping that more and more people will get on board to see what can be done at our grassroots level to cut down on whatever it is that is contributing to this warming trend.

Even if my more conservative friends are right, and this is all being contrived by the liberals to put more controls on us, we’ll be a healthier planet in the long run. Look how long it took us to convince folks that smoking really wasn’t glamorous, but just plain injurious to your health.

I once opposed laws that prohibited smoking in restaurants, believing there was no real danger to me, a nonsmoker. But now I love going into smoke-free restaurants and hotels.