We have climate change problem; lets get involved to deal with it


For many years scientists around the world, and the institutions of higher education they represent, have been communicating to us, “We have a problem.” Many years of research has revealed the same results. One legitimate conclusion can be drawn: Our planet is changing at an alarming rate due to the burning of fossil fuels by humans. By taking into account the research of the past 50 years with historical events, we can guide ourselves to a more sustainable future.

On Dec. 7, 1941, the beginning of World War II, Americans came together in a unified front against a common enemy. Today, the United States and all other nations, must come together against a universal challenge, that of climate change. Prior to Pearl Harbor, Americans were, understandably, divided about taking on a conflict in the Pacific and Europe. In terms of climate change, Americans are not likely to experience a “Pearl Harbor” of climate change anytime soon. Yet, 15 of the hottest years on record have occurred since the year 2000. This fact alone requires a second look at fossil fuels, especially coal. 

For the benefit of our children and future generations, it is time to move forward. As John F. Kennedy stated, “Let us not seek the Republican answer, or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” 

We can accept our obligation by becoming involved. Please contact your local, state and federal representatives. Become active in such groups as Citizens Climate Lobby and Northern Plains Resource Council. For the benefit of everyone, learn to understand the facts behind climate change.

Gerald D. Cole