I know some people think it may not be true that our climate is being harmed by human activity.
I realize that there's a level of doubt for many about any manmade danger to our climate but wait — think about it: There are lots of times in life when it's smart to do things just to be safe, to err on the side of caution.
We wash our hands — just to be safe from catching our coworker's cold. We lock our car doors — just to be safe. We put our kids in car seats — just to keep them from the remote risk of harm.
These are all smart things to do because the issue we're trying to avoid is worth the extra effort to ward it off. Buckle that seat belt, pick up the rake in our pathway, remove that nail on the garage floor, just to be safe. And when it comes to the health of our crops, farm animals, deer, songbirds and all the places they live, let's be careful. It's especially smart to err on the side of caution when the stakes are high.
And there's an economic reason, of course, with the extremely high monetary costs of flooding and property damage caused by unusual storm events. For the sake of avoiding these things — which could come to directly effect all of us — wouldn't it just make sense to consider all of the possible underlying causes of the terrible suffering and misery these events create?
Wouldn't it be smart to clutch at the straws, try everything possible and — just to be safe — consider what many believe are the underlying causes and do what we can to keep them from getting worse?
Seriously, what if there was something we could do about all of this, just to be safe?
Peggy Jo Dunnette
Sand Creek Township