Letter: It’s do or die time for humans to change their climate ways

Editor,

The latest scientific predictions on the climate crisis paint a bleak picture for the continuation of our species. Scientists now tell us we have a mere dozen years to get our act together, to bring our carbon emissions to near zero, or face an exponential rise in average global temperature to 5.1 degrees Celsius, by the end of this century. The human species has never experienced this range of temperature, and all indications point to our survival as minimal to nonexistent.

However, there is hope that if we drastically change our ways, electrify our energy and transportation systems, we could possibly stop this exponential temperature rise to under 2 degrees. Scientists tell us we need to stop pumping carbon into the atmosphere before we hit that tipping point of uncontrollable temperature rise.

Though right-wing, economy based politicians refuse to heed these dire warnings, Main Street companies like General Motors see the writing on the wall and have begun to shut down its combustion engine plants to retool for electric and hybrid vehicles. The new B.C. government has also introduced legislation allowing for the sale of electric vehicles only, by 2040.

In fact, there are many nations around the world that are electrifying their fleets and powering their homes and industries with clean and renewable sources of energy.

I believe that it’s possible to take this impending apocalyptic catastrophe and turn it into the greatest economic catalyst the world will ever see. Just like the mobilization of the Second World War, we need to mobilize all of our green technologies and hold the line.

We have no choice. It’s do or die time.

Arthur Green

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