Tom Lautzenheiser: Must step up and address climate change reality

  • jacoblund

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Must step up and address climate change reality

Putting aside guest columnist Bob Couch’s Oct. 2 defense of our wildly unfit president (“Donald Trump’s refreshing presidency”), Mr. Couch’s dismissal of climate science is like a siren’s cry from a perilous shore.

Climate change is real, it is happening here, it is happening now, and human activity is now the primary driver. Scientific understanding approaches certainty — and the climate science community is essentially unanimous in this determination — that the choices we make regarding carbon emissions in the coming years and decades will dictate the degree to which the planet warms, with all of the follow-on effects including rising sea levels, stronger storms, increasing temperatures and shorter winters — all of which Massachusetts has been experiencing over the past 50 or more years.

The 2014 National Climate Assessment Report clearly and coherently details the ways in which climate change is affecting the Northeast and other regions of the country, and importantly, identifies numerous actions that individuals and governments can take to mitigate and adapt to climate change. We are now living in our own “Choose Your Own Adventure” story.

To the degree that we care about being thoughtful stewards of our natural resources, and passing down a full range of freedoms and opportunities to the next generations, we need to step up, recognize reality, and address this issue.

Tom Lautzenheiser