Letters to the Editor 4-12-19

Think beyond ourselves


In regards to “Commentary: The Great Polar Bear Conspiracy,” I am astonished at the writer’s denial of the basic scientific principle of climate change. As someone who values human life and the health of our planet, I feel compelled to remind the writer of the scientific facts. 

Stephen Hawking acknowledged it is “almost inevitable that… environmental catastrophe will cripple the Earth at some point in the next 1000 years.”

More recently, an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report warned we have only 12 years to make changes to gain a moderate control over climate change.  Polar bears may be alright now, but with sea ice reaching its lowest point ever in 2012 (and dropping an average of 12.8% per decade, along with polar ice sheets losing 413 gigatonnes per year according to NASA), polar bears will eventually lose their hunting grounds and face extinction, and that’s no conspiracy. 

Let’s keep in mind that large oil companies recognize sustainability as a pressing matter, and have openly advocated for change. I am all for protecting businesses and personal liberties, however we cannot continue to justify detrimental habits on such a basis. The Earth is dying, though the writer will never see the more drastic impacts, we must keep in mind that the environmental debate is perhaps one of the most morally challenging issues we’ve faced. 

It’s an old Iroquois idea to think seven generations ahead when making decisions. In this way, we should think beyond ourselves and look into the future, towards our descendants. They deserve to see the planet in the same glory we’ve been able to.

It’s time for us to rise to the occasion and make a positive change for ourselves, the planet, and the thousands of other species we share it with.

Cody Buchholtz

Paso Robles


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