|5/9/2014 11:44:00 AM|
We must act on climate change
Catholic News Service
Smoke from the American Electric Power's coal-fired Mountaineer Power Plant is seen on the banks of the Ohio River in New Haven, W.Va.
To the Catholic Sentinel:
No matter how long and cold our winter was here in the Midwest, it doesn’t mean global warming isn’t happening. If anything, it indicates a renewed call to action on climate change.
Worldwide only a few places were cooler than normal. In the U.S., record high temperatures now occur twice as often as record colds. Climate change has already affected agriculture, human health, ecosystems, water supplies and some people’s livelihoods.
People of faith everywhere agree that we need to be much better stewards of Creation. We have a moral imperative to leave a safe climate for future generations. There is now more carbon dioxide in our atmosphere than ever before because of pollution from dirty energy like coal, oil, and gas. To reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, we must transition as quickly as possible from fossil fuels to clean energy. We need new carbon pollution standards for future power plants. While we work to conserve natural resources, we also need to counter the commercialization of our culture and promote positive changes in the way goods are produced and consumed.
Laura Anderson, Sr. Nancy Miller, Lori Freudenberg
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