‘CO2 emissions soar’

  • Residents fight the Marshall Fire in Louisville, Colo., Thursday, Dec. 30, as fire crews worked through the night battling the blaze that had destroyed more than 500 home in Boulder County. CHRISTIAN MURDOCK/THE GAZETTE VIA AP

Published: 1/16/2022 6:20:23 PM
Modified: 1/16/2022 6:19:19 PM

Did you see this headline in the Jan. 11 Recorder? The Associated Press is informing us of our back-sliding on our pledges to the global community that we will lower our carbon emissions by half by 2030.

What prompted me to write this letter is the Recorder deciding to put this report on the bottom of the seventh page. Why is it not front page above the fold? Why aren’t we screaming to those in charge about this news? Where is our faithfulness to our word before the global community in Glasgow (and all 25 other cops) to cut our emission in half by 2030, yet we are up 6% in just one year later? Who is accountable when we pledge to be a good team player in the global race against time to preserve life on this planet — our only home — and then renege on our word?

Have you seen the new film on Netflix called “Don’t Look Up”? It’s about denial of a comet headed toward earth with 100% certainty of catastrophic impact and how the media and government downplay, trivialize, distract and in the end forfeit our planet for personal gain. Aren’t we doing the same when we put such devastating news on the seventh page? The movie concludes with the heroes gathered around a table holding hands and praying “Heavenly Father, forgive us…”

Can we look up? Can we look into the truth that we as people who benefit the most from burning carbon have a fate-full responsibility to see this report and scream “Stop!”from every rooftop?

The report tells us we now have an average of 17 climate disasters a year — a new record — costing $742 billion in the last five years. Just imagine how much reduction in emissions that could buy us if our priority was prevention rather than restoration of business as usual. In Colorado, 1,300 homes were lost to wildfire in one night. Did you know someone there? Who is next? How do you get ready?

How do you stop this madness? Look up!

Sandra Boston



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