Herald Forum essay square places blame for climate change: us

Dan Hazen’s Herald Forum essay (“Climate migration gets thoughts moving on cause,” The Herald, Nov. 27), stated in a moving and powerful way the urgency of our actions as individuals with regard to addressing the problems of climate change. He is a keen observer of the world around himself: the annual flights of geese overhead as their migrations come a little later each year, and gazing at the mountains Rainier and Baker, “looking like emancipated old women wearing threadbare shawls of too-thin glaciers.”

It is such a poignant description that it warrants reading more than once. And it all is right before our eyes, if we open them to see. But denial of the causes of the climate changes around ourselves is scary. As he points out, if we can’t admit that we’re in a house-on-fire, the likelihood of escape approaches zero. And too many shift the blame to the large corporations, that we frantically blame for the causes of the problems of our warming earth. But he points out that while corporations such as BP do extract the gasoline, they don’t provide the carbon-dioxide from running the car engines. We do, By driving! And so it goes.

What are we wiling to give up to assure that the generations following us will have a chance to avoid possible extinction? A small thing, as I am only one person, but this Christmas, the gifts I will be giving are close to home, from my kitchen and garden: granolas, jams, and other delectable items. Not so flashy as the products from the big box stores, or delivered by the ubiquitous trucks that jostle in the street by my house, but made with goodwill and with a much smaller footprint.

Deanne Lindstrom


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