[by Jennifer Herrington]
The year 2012 marked the hottest year on record and it looks as though 2013 is going to result in even higher temperatures. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that a rise in serious hurricanes will accompany the rising temperatures in 2014.
Extreme weather conditions and changing temperatures are not only impacting the environment but are costing taxpayers money. Superstorm Sandy, wildfires on the West Coast and a drought in the Midwest cost U.S. taxpayers over 100 billion dollars last year. Yet some government officials continue to deny the existence of climate change or that human activity is the cause.
The fact is that the Earth is steadily warming and carbon pollution is the primary cause. Climate change related disasters will continue to cause loss of life, property and treasure and will become ever more powerful. Ninety-seven percent of top climate scientists agree that man-made pollution is warming our planet. The decisions we make and the actions we take today will determine how much more warming and climate change our children and grandchildren will experience. Visit RealityDrop.org to get the facts.
Jennifer Herrington lives in southwest Iowa. She is a social worker and a community organizer for Organizing for Action. Her attendance at the Climate Reality Leadership Training in Chicago this summer was “life-changing….My issue has always been health care. Climate change is of course a health care issue. If we don’t address climate change, nothing else really matters – not health care reform, not education, not racism… We have to get this right.”