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Melting of Arctic sea ice should concern us all


Regarding Jill Richardson’s column “Dreaming of a green Christmas” (Dec. 17), the real reason the North Pole is melting is because Santa runs a sweatshop. Cool it, Mr. Claus!

“Cool it” is actually great advice for the rest of us (except to run an air conditioner) trapped in a scary cycle that should have you concerned. Everyone knows light colors reflect heat (light Arctic ice, 80 percent) and dark colors absorb heat (dark oceans, 90 percent). So guess what happens as the Arctic ice melts and sea levels rise? When was the last time you heard the Arctic is melting less quickly than scientists thought, or your favorite glacier is still standing? Don’t have a favorite glacier? Get one quick — they’re going fast! The fact is, we all depend on Arctic ice whether you know it, like it or care about it. While 80 percent will get you fired if it’s your attendance rate, and get you pregnant if it’s your birth-protection rate, it’s pretty darn good as a reflection rate and a world away (a world we don’t want to visit) from 90 percent absorption.

Disputin’ Putin: Russia imprisons 30 Greenpeace activists for the crime of trying to protect our planet, peacefully protesting Russia’s Gazprom from punching holes in the Arctic searching for more climate-changing oil. While the world questions the morality of Russia hosting the coming winter Olympics, symbol of world peace and justice, I know 30 activists who love the idea of Russia hosting the games, which no doubt influenced the Christmas Day amnesty of the Arctic 30.

Thank you to Jill Richardson for doing her part by reminding us all to make “changes where you can,” which are great words to end her column and great words to begin your activism. While better late than never doesn’t exactly come to mind, not going down without a fight might be more appropriate with an open enlistment to include everyone, everywhere.

Jay Lustgarten

Westerly



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