Wednesday, August 12, 2015
"Dear Central Committee Members and Club Presidents,
Below is my weekly Chair’s Corner Message. We ask that you share this message with your members, on Facebook and by email as part of our plan to amplify our messaging in San Diego County. A version of this message will also appear in the Times of San Diego as an Op-Ed." Francine Busby.
Benefits Far Outweigh Costs When it Comes to Climate Action
I’m no scientist. But you don’t have be an expert to acknowledge climate change and start doing something about it.
That's why, when Republican’s claim they aren’t scientists (as if we should all be shocked by that), the rest of the world answers, “So what?”
All you need is a basic understanding of a thermometer and the fact that ice melts, and you’re about 85% of the way there.
But since this is so complicated for some of our “leaders” on the other side of the aisle, let’s start with a few facts.
The average temperature of the earth is rising drastically, primarily because of greenhouse gas emissions. Globally, 2014 was the hottest year on record, and 2015 is on pace to break the record yet again. As a matter of fact, ten of the hottest years ever recorded have been since 1998.
Climate change puts lives at risk: heat waves that lead to stroke and dehydration are the most common cause of weather-related deaths. Extreme storms like Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy killed over 2,000 people combined. Poor air quality leads to asthma and lung disease. All these risks are projected to increase over time unless we act to reverse climate trends.