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Community must address threats of climate change

2014-04-25T00:00:00Z 2014-04-25T09:36:06Z Community must address threats of climate change The Billings Gazette
April 25, 2014 12:00 am

Who knew? A new grocery store opens in town touting local and organic food and the people of Billings respond by invading it in droves day after day. This is a good thing, for anyone paying attention knows that, with nine billion people gracing the planet soon, global food security is everything but guaranteed and local and regional food will be key elements of the next wave of food culture. So, yes, it has been gratifying to see the people of Billings responding in so informed a manner.

Now there is a greater problem that also needs a response and that is global climate change. To deny that it is happening and that it is caused by the burning of fossil fuels is like consulting 100 doctors, having 97 of them diagnose you with cancer and conclude that they have some extremist agenda and there is no need to seek treatment. Absurd.

Fossil fuels represent big money for the 1 percent, and they have invested heavily in smear campaigns that are confusing people and delaying any action. Remember the tobacco companies and their denials? Read in the history books about denials from the leaded-gasoline group. Love Canal? It is up to us the people to say enough. To do nothing doesn't make sense at all, either economically (how many billions of tax dollars can we spend on weather-caused catastrophes?) or health-wise.

Just like with local-organic, we need to take charge and we need to respond. Attend the Climate Change Day Rally on April 26. Make this a campaign issue. Let we the people and not we the corporations decide the future of our communities and planet.

Amaya Garcia Costas

Billings

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