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Letter for Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Don’t just vote climate change

Politicians try to whip up voter frenzy and gain brownie points over climate change. Do you trust them? They have an ulterior motive. They want your vote.

Everyone wants a clean environment. Every little bit helps. Sure, let’s ban single use plastics. Let’s switch to electric vehicles. This will help our atmosphere and our oceans which badly need help. But do you believe this will actually make a difference to the climate?

The climate has always changed. At one point during the Ice Age, sheets of ice covered all of Antarctica, large parts of Europe, North America, South America, and small areas in Asia. Only 11,000 years ago, what we know today as the world’s largest hot desert would’ve been unrecognizable. The Sahara was once green and alive, pocked with lakes, rivers, grasslands and even forests. In medieval Europe drought repeatedly triggered periods of violence, famine and conflict, with researchers able to pinpoint periods of severe global warming such as in 1014, 1252, and 1575. There were no aerosol cans or automobiles or smoke belching factories to blame it on.

Wake up cuz! Without having the whole world on board, our efforts to effect climate are a drop in the bucket. Ninety thousand cargo ships facilitate global shipping. One Maersk vessel emits 50,000,000 times more pollution than a car annually. Want to really save the planet? Start by buying products made in the U.S.A.

Don’t let climate change be the reason for your vote. Be a smart voter, look at all the factors. Think globally and act locally.

Me ka pono

Sadhu Nadesan, Wailua Homesteads
Source: The Garden Island

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