Similarly, a warming climate is burning us and our common home. Our recent string of triple-digit temperatures is just one indication of our hotter climate. There are many others. We have a fire season that is six weeks longer and burns 50 percent more of our forests. Who wants to bike in a redrock oven?
In contrast to the sparkler lessons, we have been slow to learn from the consequences of a changing climate. Scientists reported to the public more than 30 years ago that burning fossil fuels and other human activity are damaging the climate. Yet we continue to release enormous amounts of heat-trapping gasses into our atmosphere.
In the upcoming election let’s elect a leader to Congress who is willing to learn from the troublesome changes we’re experiencing and advocate for effective climate policy. We can act more like kids who learn from their sparkler burns, and chart a different climate course for the future.
—David Folland, M.D., Citizens Climate Lobby