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Letter: Witness impact of climate change

By Julia Rosenstein, VANCOUVER
Published: September 7, 2023, 6:00am

There is so much truth to Natalie Richards’ letter (“Can’t ignore climate change,” Our Readers’ Views, Sept. 2).

Natalie, I’m right there with you. I just finished writing a letter to Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy and my words could have been lifted from your letter. I wrote, “How many canaries in the coal mine do governing representatives need before they’ll start believing we are destroying Earth? How many cattle must die in droughts, how many heat domes to bake us, how many watersheds to dry up, how many thousands of people must die due to extreme weather events, how many koala bears must burn to death, how many polar bears, birds or grey whales must starve because our species is not changing?”

Not that my letter will make any difference. One always hopes. I’ve concluded that many conservatives have their heads buried in the sand.

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