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[Re: “Naked City: Professors on Climate Change
,” News, Feb. 24.]
While I agree with the message the professors are trying to get across I can’t say I think the manner of which it’s presented to President Trump will get very far. When presenting facts to decision makers there needs to be a solution at hand. Simply saying that something is wrong is not going to get anything done.
An open letter to President Donald Trump is bold and is great for standing up in what you believe in, but it doesn’t persuade the general public nor will it probably even be read by any decision maker to begin with. After reading the open letter it summarized that Earth is under a lot of stress due to climate change and action is needed to help make a safe future. While the main plead is asking President Trump to continue trying to reach the target goal from the Paris Climate Agreement it’s still not strong enough of a way to move the message forward to him.
Instead of this open letter I would like to see capitalizing over better mediums for this message. In an era of digital media a simple video is far more powerful than a letter that no one will consider reading. By having a strong argument in a video platform it also appeals to the general public and will help find supporters for this message. If the video gets enough attention then the White House feels pressured to respond.
In summary, thank you to the professors for bringing climate change to the attention of our government. It’s important that we continue to push this message forward and I support it. However, in the medium which this message was presented it will not gain any traction and I feel as if there could be better time spent creating content that will get the ball rolling on this.
Upon reading Michael King’s article on unsafe lead levels in Texas schools [“Getting the Lead Out
,” News, March 3], I was a bit alarmed not only due to the fact that these issues face our Texas schools, but also because of the implications that our bodies of water will face. Many times when we bring attention to an issue, we fail to look beyond it and connect it to bigger and greater things. Not that our children are not important, but a hazard such as lead seeping into our water systems does not only mean that our children are at risk, but an entire city like we’ve seen with Flint, Michigan.
When writing about hazards in our Texas schools pertaining to our drinking water, we should also connect them to bigger issues, such as how they can later on impact and possibly cause more hazards in our bodies of water. Every year we pollute our water by being careless, and we ignore the fact that they were once issues that could be easily prevented at a smaller scale and at a cheaper price. I appreciate that the article did call for a better legislative effort but it could have also included a segment on how to become more involved in protecting not only our schools from hazardous chemicals, but also our Texas waters.
Melody Fury wrote a review
about the new seafood-focused restaurant, Salt Traders Coastal Cooking, opening up in Round Rock [Food, March 3]. I read the great reviews of the decor and the great ambience the restaurant brings. However, there was only a one line review on how this restaurant is focused on using sustainably sourced seafood. As an Austinite I like to think I am environmentally conscience and so are my fellow Austinites, yet in our own Austin Chronicle
we have failed to highlight something really interesting and important! The owners, Jack Gilmore and Tom Kamm, are doing something that you don’t hear about often and they are doing it in Austin! Now this topic may not be the most interesting front page story but if we claim to be this liberal, weird place called Austin, why not celebrate the amazing things our citizens are doing to help out the environment? Being environmentally sustainable means that they will serve fish that are fished from healthy, well-managed populations, and the fishing or farming methods used to catch or raise the fish cause little harm to the environment. When speaking about this you could mention the actual impact on the environment that do not use sustainable fish, along with why we should care. Just a thought.