Editorial note: The following is a submitted letter to the Editor. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of Kingstonist.
Look at one degree of climate warming: Fiona, Ian, the Pakistan floods, heat domes, droughts, tornadoes in Eastern Ontario, the Fort MacMurray wildfires.
This slow motion catastrophe has put us on a trajectory to race past 1.5C of warming. What is most worrisome is that we are speeding toward five major tipping points that will accelerate warming to such an extent that recovery will happen only over geologic time scales.
We need a response that is swift and at scale.
We need individual actions: transit or electric vehicles, replacing your natural gas furnace with a cold climate heat pump, eating less meat — especially beef…
But most of all, we need to wrest politicians from the influence of the fossil fuel industry and tell them to act like this is a crisis — because it is.
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