For the publisher: You saw some topical photos of these cute Australian koalas with scorched fur and paws, and you were sad. Then you skipped the article about how all these immigrants come here because climate change has put local agriculture at risk and therefore their livelihoods.
You were so angry when your trip to a tropical island had to be canceled due to another hurricane. Then you blew up your neighbor who questioned you for running your air conditioner all night.
Your kids have stopped eating meat, what’s going on? You complained when your mom came to live with you after her house burned down in one of those wildfires.
You are now reading that the coffee plants, the source of your daily survival tonic, may be extinct. It’s just too much! Someone should do something about all of this, right?
Kathleen Brown, Santa Clarita
For the publisher: The KNP complex fire endangers the giant forest of Sequoia National Park. We shouldn’t have to see another victim of climate change to end subsidies and other favors from Sacramento and Washington to an oil industry that lies to us and enlightens the public.
To get our politicians to show more strength and resist oil money, we the voters need to do two things. First, we need to communicate to lawmakers that we will not re-elect them unless they end subsidies to companies that sell us a product that is harmful to our health and the planet.
Second, we need to pressure Congress to pass a carbon tax that will communicate to Big Oil that decarbonization has started and its profits will steadily drop.
Here is our choice: We can have giant sequoias and a habitable Earth, or we can continue with deforestation and a grim prospect for the future of humanity.
Tom Osborne, Laguna Beach
For the publisher: I am amazed at the amount of resistance that still exists to the urgent need for action on climate change. Part has to be related to the fear of facing reality, greed or power of those who profit from pollution and those who just don’t like change.
Senator Joe Manchin (DW. Va.) Is a good example of our hesitation problem. He says he understands the need for change and recognizes that it is happening, but calls for a “strategic pause” in passing a budget bill that includes action on climate change .
Does a knowledgeable senator in a party that works hard to legislate immediate and bold climate action not understand the urgency? Doesn’t he know how to prioritize actions and consequences? Is he afraid to legislate?
Manchin and all the others must act with the seriousness that this existential problem demands. If we don’t act today, we may not have a tomorrow.
Jonathan Light, Laguna Niguel