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Climate change cartoon no laughing matter

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I read some comics to lighten my mood after reading a lot of depressing news. On July 15, however, I found a recent comic “The Other Coast” in the Press Herald even more depressing than the rest of the newspaper. It showed penguins adapting to melting ice in their home country at the South Pole by selling sunglasses and sunscreen etc. to tourists. It made me so sad. Many species cannot adapt to what we do to our environment by burning fossil fuels. The Supreme Court limited the power of the EPA, so America continues to harm the world. Although China emits more CO2 in total than any other country, we emit the most CO2 per person.

Species extinction has always happened, but the rate at which it is happening now is unnatural. “The rate of extinction after 1900 is 100 to 1000 times higher than the natural background rate,” according to Our World in Data-Extinction. It’s time to take serious action on this situation, not laugh it off.

If this applies to you, the most effective thing you can do is call Sens. King and Collins and Reps Pingree and Golden and tell them to deal with the climate crisis. Ask them to pass on a price on carbon that will be returned to you as a monthly check so you can afford the changes that will occur as we move quickly to renewable energy.

Nancy Hasenfus

Braunschweig


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