By Anne Foreman
Every vote counts. Our planet, its forests, oceans, air and earth, can’t vote. We can. It’s time to Vote Climate to save our earth.
The bad news is unrelenting. A few examples: plastics are filling up our oceans. Next, air pollution is worsening. Additionally, our lakes and rivers are becoming more polluted. Moreover, forests worldwide are burning and being cut down. Arctic glaciers are rapidly melting. Sea levels are rising. More species are facing extinction. At the top of the calamities is global warming.
U.N. Report Contained a Dire Warning
Time is running out. That’s the warning from the latest United Nations report on global warming. For instance, our planet is still heating up with greenhouse gas emissions at an alarming rate. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres tells us the “point of no return” is in sight. “Climate change” has become “climate crisis.”
Individuals Are Heeding the Warnings
On an individual level, many people are doing their best to try to save our planet Earth. Here are some examples, in no particular order: first, many are composting. Secondly, people are refusing to buy food and beverages sold in plastic. Thirdly, investors are divesting their stock portfolios of oil and gas stocks, in favor of renewable energy companies — solar, wind, and geothermal. Fourthly, home owners are installing solar panels on their roofs. Additionally, they are planting trees. Lastly, people are buying electric cars.
Governments Need to Step Up
All these efforts by individuals are laudable, but the reality is individual efforts aren’t enough to significantly stop global warming. Only decisive measures taken by national governments will be able to curb the rise in global temperatures. The world’s 20 richest countries are responsible for more than three-quarters (75%) of worldwide emissions. And of these countries, China and the United States are the worst polluters.
We need leadership at the top to acknowledge the reality of global warming – leadership that will fight aggressively for legislation to stop it. Vote climate to save our earth. How we vote in 2020 will be crucial in the fight to save our Earth. For indeed – time is running out.
Courtesy of the Rossmoor News, Dec. 25, 2019. Email Anne Foreman at firstname.lastname@example.org