Climate change is realTo the Telegram: Could anything be more beautiful than high summer next to Lake Superior? I’ve lived in the area my whole life and done my share of complaining about the weather, the poor economy.
To the Telegram:
Could anything be more beautiful than high summer next to Lake Superior? I’ve lived in the area my whole life and done my share of complaining about the weather, the poor economy. This time of year, and particularly this year, reminds me of how fortunate I am to live in this place.
Climate change is real. The severe storms, flooding, droughts and fires are connected to the poor choices humanity has made and continues to make. The permafrost is melting, the oceans are becoming barren. The planet’s natural wealth is being destroyed.
It is not unrelated that economic wealth is being concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer people. Some of those people own and control the media where so many of us get our “information.” Others, let’s face it, own and control much of the government, through campaign finance and even the “think tanks” that provide the ideology that propels policy.
Small communities like ours are, so far, protected in some ways. Our original climate has kept population down and made “development” difficult. We have fresh water, not as pristine as it once was, but vastly better than that available to most people.
In other ways, our community is ravaged. The wealth that has financed military adventures around the globe, and the wealth that fills the accounts of the super-rich through the benevolence of tax cuts over the last thirty years, is not available for necessities in our community. The wealthy do not live in or visit Superior or communities like it. They do not drive down our streets, where the patches have patches. They do not send their children to public schools, or use public clinics. They do not look for work.
The mistakes and greed that are driving environmental and economic policy are harming everyone, even in lovely places like Superior. It is a place worth speaking up for.