Dear Editor:

Climate change is here. We can’t afford to pretend it doesn’t exist any longer. People can’t just say it is a natural stage. The evidence proves that wrong.

One of the “helps” we can do is planting a tree. But studies say to be effective, to stop it, we have to regrow forests. 

Trees act like a sponge and soak up some of the bad carbon dioxide in the air. When that tree is burnt, the carbon dioxide is released. The effect is much worse with petroleum products. 

When those of you who do not believe in climate change do something like clear-cutting an area, you are helping to kill millions of the earth’s inhabitants; anything from a bird in its nest to a person down the road. Yes, kill. First, people will be/are being made uncomfortable by flooding or high temperatures.

These problems will only get worse until many face death.

I’m not saying that I’m blameless; far from it. Most of us in the “developed” world share responsibility. Again, most of us in some way do something that releases carbon into the air. The big difference, as I see it, is that some people are working to lessen the negative effect they are having.

We here in northern Wisconsin haven’t directly experienced many of the dire disasters the world is facing like the melting of the glaciers, just “small” weather changes, that lead to roads or homes being washed away.

Whatever our challenges, we do all have one thing in common and that is that whatever choices we make have worldwide impact. 

Small choices like plastic or paper at the grocery store are huge for the Earth and then, there are the choices we know are big, like who am I going to vote for. 

Think for the good of the Earth in the long run, not what is easier or cheaper for me now.

For those of us that do know climate change is real, we are not going to be politely silent any longer. The situation has now gotten very serious and just as the courts have stated, it is legal to yell “fire” in a crowded theater if there is a fire.

I repeat what others have said; the Earth is on fire, and we have to work very fast and hard if we are to put it out.

Last week’s rallies and talks about the climate were just a start. It is time for everyone of us to care about the climate.

Kris Anderson

Three Lakes