LETTER: Keeping Planet Earth healthy is No. 1 problem

Reader Keith Newberry: "I wonder which planet these climate change deniers and minimizers have lined up for themselves..."

The Pope has recently cautioned that we, the human race of Planet Earth, are the ones who have to deal with the catastrophic global warming which we now clearly see in its early stages. God is not going to step in and, as Naomi Klein added, Mommy isn’t coming. It’s up to us.

One problem is the human failing that many people can’t accept that something awful is coming when things have been okay so far. Apparently many Jews remained in Germany and were killed by Hitler because they couldn’t believe he would do such a thing, despite all the evidence that was mounting to the contrary.

Another problem is, of course, that the non-renewable energy resource industries do not want to recognize anything that goes against their own short-term interests. We hear from our current prime minister that the economy is the No. 1 issue, and we only get half-hearted schemes from the Liberals to combat climate change. The irresponsibility is staggering and literally suicidal. I wonder which planet these climate change deniers and minimizers have lined up for themselves after they have destroyed this one.

Our No. 1 problem is to keep Planet Earth as a healthy home for life as we know it. Nothing else comes close to this in importance, and it has to be our primary consideration when we vote for our next federal government.

Keith Newberry

Slocan