Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor | Act now or pay later

Today is Earth Day.

Be aware of what our life-giving planet is telling us. If we delay action on climate change any longer, catastrophe will be a sure thing.

More than 97 percent of scientists agree that human-caused climate change is occurring, caused by the burning of coal, oil and natural gas.

We have breached the natural oscillation of carbon in the atmosphere of the past 800,000 years of Earth’s history and human survival.

Glaciers and ice caps are melting, sea levels are rising, oceans are acidifying. We are experiencing droughts, unprecedented wildfires and extreme weather.

Species are going extinct at an unfathomable rate. Fresh water supplies are threatened.

These are wake-up calls from a distressed planet.

Our own species is at risk. Do we want to continue to push disaster on future generations?

Social and political unrest will hasten as resources become scarce.

Secretary of State John Kerry has called climate change “the world’s most formidable weapon of mass destruction.”

We must act now to end fossil fuel subsidies and tax breaks; implement substantial carbon fees; stop the Keystone XL pipeline; end fracking; incorporate conservation and efficiency into our lifestyles; and encourage the switch to sustainable renewable energy — solar, wind and geothermal — through tax credits and mandating its incorporation into all new development.

Our future depends on it; to delay action is immoral and unethical.

Please contact Congress and the president (White House comment line: 202-456-1111) and speak out for a healthy, flourishing planet.

Pam Steckler

State College