Letter: Listen to Sanders on climate change peril

Listen to Sanders on climate change

To the editor:

Every day when I scroll through my Facebook feed, I see a new and exciting article or post about Bernie Sanders and his energetic campaign for president. These posts usually seem too good to be true because they often have a catchy tagline indicating how Sanders will save our country in this way or in that. The thing is, they are true, and he really is on a path to possibly do some tremendous good for this country, especially when it comes to climate change.

At the end of the first Democratic debate a question was asked: "What is the greatest national security threat to the United States?". To that, Sanders said he believed it was climate change, because "the planet that we're going to be leaving our kids and our grandchildren may well not be habitable." That is the moment that Bernie Sanders won the debate in my opinion. He is more than right, and more people than him need to be taking this issue as seriously as he does.

Sanders knows the value of systems thinking and he knows that there is no one easy way to fix this terrible conundrum the human race has gotten itself into. Just like the authors have outlined in the brilliant and interactive text book, "Change Is Our Choice," put together by the Northwest Earth Institute, systems thinking is the tool we all need to use to connect the dots between the various problem sources that span both national and psychological boundaries. When we are able to connect these dots and solve this thing from the ground up, there may be a chance.

If we don't act now and start investing in our future via the reduction of greenhouse gasses, Sanders will be right and our children and grandchildren will be doomed to have stressful and tough lives. They will ask why did the people of the early 21st century not do all they could to fight something that the scientific community had been warning them about for dozens of years.

I don't want to have to explain to my grandchildren the answer to that question because of how unseemly it is. When we push aside human greed and ignorance, then we will have a chance at solving this thing.

Ryan Vandervoort West Stockbridge


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