Letters to the Editor

Everyone plays a role in global warming

In the climate “analysis” article (“What comes after climate conference?” Dec. 1), economist Jeffrey Sachs says of the transition to clean energy that “The arithmetic is really brutal.”

Actually, the arithmetic could not be simpler. The individual needs to change. Seriously. Keep the car, if you must; just don’t use it for everything. Don’t use three to four paper towels, when one is enough. Walk, turn off lights, underconsume, recycle.

Sadly, it would be easier to ask an elephant to ride a bicycle than to ask Americans to change the habits that will be our undoing. Easier, also, to blame entities larger than the individual. It only takes each person.

M. Power Giacoletti, San Simeon