Your Views: ‘Wacky weather’ is a call to action

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Friday, April 14, 2017

A couple of months ago (Feb. 27), you gave a thumbs-up to the lengthy stretch of extremely wonderful weather we in Wisconsin enjoyed this past winter. Since then The Gazette has been filled with news of extreme weather, that certainly wasn’t cause for celebration: wildfires, floods, mudslides, melting glaciers and severe storms—all predicted consequences of human-caused climate change.

Please save those thumbs-ups for the growing number of citizens, business leaders and government officials who are working to promote solutions to a crisis that Pope Francis calls “one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.”

There are exciting developments in this area right now that deserve your focus and support! Ordinary people are taking to the streets to voice their concern about our changing environment in the upcoming Science March and Climate March. Concerned citizens are challenging our leaders in Washington to consider carbon fee and dividend plans—probably our best hope for meaningful progress on reducing our use of fossil fuels.

Yes, I enjoyed the respite from snow and ice as much as any of your readers, but I did so with a sense of trepidation about our planet’s future. I urge all who share my concerns to take our wacky weather as a call to action!




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