Some of us have met Lisa Locke, executive director of Delaware Interfaith Power and Light, who wrote in yesterday’s News-Journal that “climate change is the defining moral challenge of our times.” Members of First Unitarian Church have been strong supporters of DEIPL and many of us agree that among the many moral challenges we face today, climate change is perhaps the greatest threat to the long-term survival of our planet and our species.
Lisa was writing in response to a glib and misinformed column by the conservative chang denier Susan Stamper Brown, whose column appeared nationally, including in the News-Journal.
Lisa responded with logic, facts, and force:
“On the day Ms. Brown’s piece was published, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released their Arctic Report Card. Jeremy Mathis, director of NOAA’s Arctic Research Program stated, ‘Rarely have we seen the Arctic show a clearer, stronger or more pronounced signal of persistent warming and its cascading effects on the environment than this year.’
“We’ve heard the message repeated: There is agreement among more than 97 percent of (peer-reviewed) climate scientists that climate warming is occurring, due largely to human activity, with emissions of greenhouse gases at their highest levels in recorded history. Indeed, most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.”