A recent article in The Washington Post ("Americans broadly accept climate science, but many are fuzzy on the details," Dec. 9) indicates that, while most Americans are concerned about human activity warming the planet, they don’t understand why that’s happening and what to do about it.
Those of us who are tuned into the climate crisis realize that having the public demand action is the only way to get the federal government to implement legislation to battle what is becoming an emergency (New York City declared a climate emergency in June). So getting information about the causes of our changing climate, and what we can do to slow that change, is essential.
How best to do that? With each of us now getting our "news" in unique ways these days, it’s hard to know how to spread the necessary knowledge to get the public to demand action.
One way, that I think tops the list, is to have TV stations in the area make the climate crisis a part of each weather forecast. Most of us see our favorite meteorologist as a trusted source of information; and a 60-second "blurb" about what the climate crisis is and what to do about it can help us all to feel less overwhelmed and give us hope that the planet will be a livable place for our grandkids.
If you agree, call your favorite TV station and ask that the climate crisis become a regular part of their weather forecasts. Let’s turn the clouds of climate change into a bit of sunshine. Become a part of the solution to the biggest problem humanity faces.