Our recent trial run of extended Death Valley temperatures and life in the New Normal presented by climate change should have been eye opening — but was it?
As local heat records fell and Europe and Africa both suffered the effects of long term climate change I look around to see how others were reacting at home, if at all. The highway was still jammed with cars, our forests continued to burn, and our lakes and rivers continued to bloom with deadly (mainly to fish) toxic algae created – partly – by our commitment to fertilizers and other chemicals.
Famine in parts of Africa, flooding in Pakistan and precursor storms and floods in the Southern states here at home. At least Congress was able to pull together long enough to enact the largest climate spending legislation in U.S. history with the Inflation Reduction Act but so much more needs to be done.
I only hope we’re able to take effective action in time.
Marianne Liebalt, Walnut Creek