Letter: What ‘environmental extremism?’
There exists no “environmental extremism” attempting to destroy individual property rights, as suggested by the March 8 program at the Lighthouse Worship Center. The exact opposite is true. The scientific community merely identifies problems and actions needed to be taken to preserve property at risk from climate change.
Last month, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences jointly with the British Royal Society released a short easy-to-read overview report titled “Climate Change, Evidence & Causes.” (It can be downloaded for free.) The conclusions state that climate change is occurring and that most of the recent change is due to emissions of greenhouse gases caused by human activities.
If emissions of greenhouse gases continue unabated, “increases in the extremes of climate that can adversely affect natural ecosystems and human activities and infrastructure are expected.” These organizations represent the most respected scientific voices in the world. All major churches have reached the same conclusions in their concern for humans as stewards of this Earth.
We are well past the point of arguing the realities of climate change or trying to hide from it behind low comedy—the issue is: what do we do about it? There are viable alternatives such as a price on carbon.
Gregory T. Haugan, PhD
Citizens’ Climate Lobby