To the Editor:
RE: "Climate-change protests starting to heat up globally" (Amy Goodman column, The NEWS, Oct. 30).
The recently released IPCC report confirms the urgency of the climate crisis. While widespread citizen action to advocate sane climate policies in America and around the world is a good sign, it's distressing that the business and financial communities have been both tardy and inadequate in their approach to the problem: a decade late, a trillion dollars short.
The plain facts are simple: action now to mitigate damages will save us money, time and lives in the future. That our government has failed to take even the most anodyne steps to address the metastasizing greenhouse effect is testimony to an ugly reality: the corporate sector that dominates our politics is itself dominated by a toxic mix of scientific ignorance and greed.
The facts are simple: excessive CO2 emissions are damaging our planet's health and are on track to disrupt and destroy much of our civilization over the coming century, while bringing humanity closer to what evolutionary biologists coyly term an "evolutionary bottleneck" - a delicate euphemism for extinction-level global trauma. I may be naive, but I can't see how letting your customers get wiped out is good for long-term profitability. Business needs to wake up and support climate action.