A Dire Warning About Climate Change
By: Karen Bass |
I’m deeply concerned about the new report from the United Nations that issues a dire warning about climate change.
We are on the brink of a climate catastrophe — one that the White House is not just ignoring, but actually exacerbating by calling for an increase in the use of coal and by rolling back Obama-era environmental protections.
As Californians, we should be leading the nation in putting the brakes on global warming — we are pioneers when it comes to developing and using clean energy. But this isn’t just leadership we should undertake; it’s action we must take. As sea levels rise, wild fires blaze, and droughts become more frequent, we will be among the first in our country to feel the worsening impacts of climate change.
We cannot afford to wait to take action. Will you join me in calling on the Trump Administration to lead the world in a commitment to reducing carbon emissions starting this year and incentivizing the use of clean energy?
The new UN report shows that we are on a fast track to disaster — much faster than previously thought. The scientists who wrote the report predict massive food shortages and the decimation of coral reefs world wide by 2040. They fear this will lead to mass starvation and disruptive migration in the near future.
Global warming is no longer a can that we kick down the road. It’s not something that will be resolved with a debate about its existence. It’s not something our grandchildren’s grandchildren will have to confront. It’s here. It’s real. And we must do everything we can to reverse the damage that’s been done.