Letter of the week
Lots of great opportunities for letters to the editor these days as we get closer to the Paris climate conference. Our show of support for the Gibson resolution is still very important, and we’re closing in on 100 media hits. Most of the buzz on Gibson is being generated by CCL, so thanks to all who are submitting those letters and op-eds. Please don’t forget to submit a field report when someone in your group gets published!
Our letter of the week, published in the Albany Times Union, comes from Iona Lutey:
A positive change in climate attitude
Thank you for your continuing coverage of climate change, including the fantastic column by Thomas L. Friedman, “Planet could easily tip to saturation,” Oct. 9.
Yes, indeed, Earth is our Eden, and we do have a chance to preserve it for future generations if we act swiftly and decisively. And act we must. As Friedman suggests, we can adopt the idea proposed by Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state, George Shultz, that “the conservative thing to do now is to take out some insurance against climate change, because if it really gets rocking the results could be ‘catastrophic.’ ”
In spite of the noise being produced by the Republican presidential candidates, there are Republicans out there who are making sense like Shultz and U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, and 10 other Republican members of Congress who recently introduced a resolution acknowledging the escalating costs and dangers of a changing climate. They are calling for serious dialogue about solutions that do not hurt the economy.
Congressman Gibson has already begun this dialogue by co-sponsoring a bipartisan, bicameral briefing on climate change, featuring key food company executives pledging to boost their carbon reduction efforts and, at the same time, calling on government leaders worldwide to come to an agreement for substantive action at the Paris climate talks in December.
Let’s hope all this is indeed the beginning of a “tipping point tipping” – for all our sakes.