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Our readers were thinking about global warming ahead of the Climate Strike on Sept. 20

I was born on June 27, 1989. Almost exactly one year earlier, James Hansen, a top NASA scientist, told a U.S. Senate committee, "the greenhouse effect has been detected and is changing our climate now."

My government has had my entire life to address this issue and time and time again they have chosen profits for the fossil fuel industry over my generation's future.

Now, at midnight on the climate clock, we are left with only two choices: climate catastrophe or revolution. Luckily, our nation is ripe for the latter. We have not seen such massive inequality since the Gilded Age, an injustice that could not be sustained without the grotesque and systematic practices of racism, sexism, classism, transphobia and homophobia that so effectively serve to divide us.

The climate movement is no longer stacked with environmentalists concerned solely with the preservation of the natural world, accessible only to those with Subarus, national parks passes and expensive outdoor gear. We are a diverse coalition of farmers, teachers, business owners, students, parents, artists and workers dedicated not only to the preservation of a livable planet but to radically orienting society toward justice and liberation.

Climate Change does not have to be only a crisis, it can be an opportunity for us to unite behind the creation of a world we actually want to live in.

Suzanna Kassouf

Southeast Portland

Nation must act now on climate crisis

Although Oregon's summer was mild and largely fire-free, the rest of the United States was baking under the impact of climate change.

Hurricane Dorian threatened the nation's southeastern coast. Scientists warn that we have only 12 years left to embark on the major societal and technological transition required to slow and, hopefully, reduce the impact of the climate crisis.

Greg Smith

West Linn

(Editor's note: These letters were submitted prior to the Friday, Sept. 20, climate walkout in Portland. See story, Page A1. Suzanna Kassouf and Greg Smith encouraged people to participate.)


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