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On one hand, it is hard to understand those who choose to ignore the science and gamble on their own and their children’s future. On the other hand, maybe a state of denial is protective since, if we don’t act, and soon, the prospects ahead of us as a civilization are truly frightening.  The facts are that we are emitting CO2 and other greenhouse gases at a much faster rate than the planet can absorb and that, according to the US National Academy of Science, humanity’s demands on the planet’s resources surpassed the earth’s regenerative capacity around 1980. Today we exceed it by about 25 percent. We must either learn to do things differently, or suffer the consequences.

I respect Chicken Little and Really Big What’s right to express their views, but urge them to educate themselves further.  I would recommend reading one of the most authoritative texts on the overall world predicament by the Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute, Plan B 3.0 Mobilizing to Save Civilization.

In fact, everyone should read it.  We need a different path than the one we are on.

— LAURA HUNTER

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