Dear Editor:

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the two lead editorials about the reality of global warming (May 30 and 31). Because it is our nature to deny or ignore problems until they are severe, we now are faced with record heat, catastrophic storms, rising sea levels and widespread species extinction.

We do not know if it's too late to correct the planet's current environmental trajectory, but for the sake of our children and grandchildren, we must strive to mitigate our past ignorance and excesses. Fortunately, there are things we can do now.

1. Eat more beans, nuts, fruits, grains and vegetables. I love my bacon cheeseburgers, but cows and pigs produce enormous amounts of methane that trap planetary heat at a far greater rate than even carbon dioxide. Just remember this: A cow produces more pollution than your car.

2. Trade your SUV for a hybrid and your hybrid for a bicycle. Even better, walk.

3. Limit your family size. Each child brought into this world — especially in a developed nation such as our own — has a massive carbon footprint. Just think of all the oil, gasoline, plastic, food, oxygen and water you have consumed over the course of your life. The planet appears incapable of sustaining its current population of 7 billion, much less a few billion more.

4. Support sustainable energy development such as solar, nuclear and geothermal. We must wean ourselves from burning fossil fuels or condemn future generations to a hell on Earth.

This is not a political issue. It is a moral one. For people of faith, it is about basic stewardship of the planet God has entrusted to us. One cannot love God and abuse God's world.

Please. Act now. And pray that we're not too late.

Buzz Thomas

College Street

Maryville 

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