It was just two weeks ago that I submitted an article entitled “News Cycles” that pointed out that climate change has not received much publicity lately. It has been crowded out by the pandemic and Trump’s failure to respond adequately to keep us safe. It has been crowded out by the Black Lives Matter movement brought back to the forefront by the killing of George Floyd and the kneeling of NBA players before their televised games in a deliberate effort to keep in our consciousness continued mistreatment of people of color. It has been crowded out by the economic disaster being experienced by so many of our citizens and congress unable to reach a life-saving compromise to help those affected by the worst economic downturn since the great depression.
The news about most of the sports we use to distract ourselves from our present conditions being unable to find a safe way to continue this fall floods the airways and social media. It has been crowded out by news about Trump’s attempts to suppress voting by artificially creating a financial crisis in our postal service. Even occasional good news such as the selection of a highly capable woman of color to run for Vice President has crowded out the topic of global warming.
But the overwhelming effects of climate change affecting the daily lives of so many has been front and center in the news. As I write this, the temperature outside my house is well over 100 degrees. Three major wildfires just in Southern California have made the national news. The haze in our valley has been obvious. Last week’s tropical storm Josephine was the tenth named storm of this season and beat the previous record for the arrival of a tenth major storm by nine days. Scenes of flooding along the east coast have been part of the nightly news for several days.
From Scientific American – “With 2020 more than halfway over, it is clear that this year will rank among the hottest in recorded history and possibly break the all-time record set in 2016. If 2020 does top the list, it will do so without the major El Niño event that boosted global temperatures four years ago—and thus will provide an important marker of the power of the long-term warming trend driven by human activities that emit greenhouse gases.”
From Science Daily – “Past evidence supports the complete loss of Arctic sea-ice by 2035.” Science Daily confirms my point that less attention is being given because of the pandemic. After 16-year-old Greta Thunberg gave her historic presentation to the United Nations in September of 2019 “web searches for ‘climate change’ soared to levels not seen in years, and environmentalists cheered a new surge of activism.” The article goes on to say, “With a global pandemic monopolizing news coverage, searches around environmental issues have plummeted to new lows, according to Google Analytics data.” This article goes on to say that this diversion of attention to global warming could be disastrous for our future.
Global warming needs our immediate attention. If we do not address it, its effects will be far worse that the current pandemic. Trump has clearly demonstrated that he is incapable of responding to a crisis. And the Republican-controlled Senate hasn’t done any better. We cannot afford to wait four more years to reverse our plunge into a climate change disaster.
Change is coming one way or another. Your vote will determine the direction of that change. When you vote in November, you are literally voting for the survival of our democracy, our nation and our world.
Make sure your vote counts and return your vote early. Don’t let Trump’s knee-capping of the United States Postal System keep your voice from being heard.
Dick Gale, President
Democrats of Hemet-San Jacinto
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