Letters to the editor

Message was clear

To the Journal editor:

As an attendee of the Climate March in New York City, it is hard for me to convey the emotion and the energy of the 250,000 who were there.

The voices of the march can be heard best in the signs the marcher’s carried and I will let you contemplate those messages:

“All we want is a future”

“Science is not a liberal conspiracy”

“Strike for a sane international climate policy”

“Human change not Climate Change”


“We skipped work today, so the next generation has a planet to work on”

“System change, not Climate Change”

“Climate JUSTICE now”

“Change the politics not the Climate”

“What did you do to save the Earth today”

“Chevron CEO Michael Worth “Climate Corrupter”

“Planet over profit”

“The Green New Deal”

“There are no Broadway gigs on a dying planet”

“There is no Planet B”

“Save our Earth”

“Donald Trump devil-in-chief planet destroyer”

“The oceans are rising and so are we!”

“Divest from Fossil Fuels”

“There are smarter cabinets at IKEA”

“Raise your voices not the seas”

“Renewables 100%”

“Run Forest Run”

“Which Green do your serve?”

“Extinction=Everyone gone Forever”

“March Now or Swim Later”

“Imagine being Donald Trump and not believing in Climate Change”

“Don’t be a Fossil Fool”

“Our Planet Speaks. When Are We Going to Listen?”

“Self-care is also climate-care”

“Denial is not an option”

“The House is on FIRE!”

“The climate is changing why aren’t our policies”

“The end of the world doesn’t really fit into my 12 year plan”

“Protect the Arctic Refuge”

“There’s no economy on a dead Planet”

“Save our Earth it’s the only one we’ve got”

“I can’t believe I’m protesting for facts”

“To Do List: #1. Save the Earth. End List.”

“We raced to the moon now let’s race to Clean Energy”

“Save our Planet NOT Exxon Mobil, Chevron & Shell”

“No Ocean No US”

“Humans!!!! We spend billions of dollars searching for life on other planets and trillions of dollars killing life on this one”

“The Climate is changing why aren’t we?”

“Protect our water because we can’t drink Oil”

“Think or Swim”

“We Vote Next”

“We deserve a safe future”

The final words of organizer Greta Thunberg’s drew the largest roar. “If you belong to that small group of people who feel threatened by us, then I have some very bad news for you because, this is only the beginning.”



Bill support needed

To the Journal editor:

I’m writing to urge your readers to call our U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, to ask him to co-sponsor H.R. 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, on Nov. 6, a national call day promoted by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby group.

Passage of this bi-partisan, revenue-neutral legislation will encourage a transition to clean, renewable energy sources and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are responsible for a dangerous human-caused climate change that is causing more costly weather-related disasters and a warming world.

I also hope your readers will contact our Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters and ask them to co-sponsor this legislation when the bill is reintroduced in the Senate. The great majority of the most qualified atmospheric and earth scientists believe human-caused greenhouse gas emissions and other activities are responsible for a dangerous climate change/global warming and that urgent action to reduce our footprint is necessary to avoid the worst impacts.

In fact, the five warmest years on record in terms of global average temperature since 1880 have all occurred since 2014 per the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA also reports July 2019 is the warmest July (and thus month) since 1880 and September 2019 is tied with September 2015 as the warmest ninth month on record.

The change in atmospheric circulation patterns as well as increased atmospheric water vapor concentrations related to this overall warming atmosphere will also result in a higher probability of extreme weather occurrences, both flooding and drought in addition to more heat waves/occasional periods of very cold weather.

The higher probability of the occurrence of these extreme weather events will require expensive responses that exacerbate budget deficits.

Additionally, the accompanying poleward spread of disease will exacerbate health care and environmental expenses. A report recently issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change also stated human-caused climate change is enhancing the extinction of wildlife.

I encourage your readers to call Rep Jack Bergman as well as Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters on Nov. 5 by going to cclusa.org/call and following the listed scripts to encourage them to support H.R. 763 and take action to slow this dangerous climate change.



van den Ende backed

To the Journal editor:

With the many challenges facing our community, nation, and world, it is vital that we exercise our right and duty to vote Nov. 5.

That includes your voting in your local elections, like the Marquette City Commission election. There are multiple good candidates running for the Marquette City Commission, including Nina van den Ende, who is a solid candidate, passionate about our City’s wellbeing, and a strong supporter of the Noquemanon Trail Network. As President J. Bartlett said, “Decisions are made by those who show up. Class dismissed.”




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