U.S. Representative Jay Inslee spoke yesterday on the need for Congress to grapple with the growing natural disasters caused by climate change. “We have seen the first bitter taste of this oncoming tsunami of change with 7 inches of rain in 3 hours in Virginia, with wildfires in Texas that have been unprecedented in our Nation’s history. And now our current job crisis does not give us the luxury of ignoring this long-term threat to our children’s and our grandchildren’s future,” he warned.
Then, Inslee referred his colleagues to the web site of the Climate Reality Project. The project is an effort to publicize the information and analysis that has led to the consensus, among scientists, that intense climate change is taking place, and has been caused by human industrial activities.
Maxine Burkett, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation, was one of the many citizen presenters who joined Congressman Inslee in the Climate Reality Project’s effort yesterday to call attention to the gravity of the problems caused by global warming. She explains that she is motivated to work for climate action by her love for her young children. She explains, “The prospect of them living in a world without healthy oceans, thirsting for rain, or facing days where it’s too hot to go out and play is distressing and unacceptable.”