To the editor: In his most recent column, Rich Lowry says, “Don’t listen to Greta Thunberg.” Well, she would agree with that part of his column. As she says, don’t listen to her, listen to the climate scientists, read the U.N. reports, and work together to figure out responses to deal with the climate emergency that they describe.
He scorns the idea that “a long-running global phenomenon can be quickly stopped, if only adults cared.” Actually, the only way to avoid the worst effects of climate change is if adults and kids do care and act.
He quotes statistics that show how poverty, life expectancy and education have improved in the last couple of decades. Yes, it’s true that human conditions have improved. However, conditions for most every other form of life on the planet have not improved in the same time period. He did not mention that we have lost 3 billion birds since 1970. Or that insect populations have crashed in many parts of the world. The Sixth Extinction that Greta referred to in her U.N. speech is real.
The most recent U.N. climate report, which focused on the oceans and the north, shows that changes in these areas are already much greater than scientists predicted and irreversible within the lifespan of anyone alive today (certainly not in Rich Lowry’s lifetime). We who live with permafrost know that is true; take a walk at Creamer’s Field if you need convincing.
I prefer to listen to someone who speaks so passionately about others and the Earth rather than someone who writes that “kids have nothing interesting to say to us.” I encourage the News-Miner to drop this columnist.