The following note from President Obama has arrived. As the climate change problem develops, perhaps notes like this one will become routine at the start of hurricane season. Although it’s significant that the President of the United States doesn’t use the term “climate change” in his message. One tragedy follows another - droughts, heat waves, extreme weather events, etc. - but the White House doesn’t acknowledge any pattern or cause.
I suggest two missions for the Sierra Club.
First: Respond to immediate problems. Try to be helpful as the climate change problem comes home.
Second: Remind national leaders - and our fellow citizens - that there’s a need for some long-term strategies in response to climate change. Don’t be afraid of the term “climate change.”
(submitted by Bob Murphy, chairman, Cape Cod and Islands Group, Sierra Club.)