I recently read the article “Point Austin: When the Well Runs Dry
” by Michael King [News, Oct. 11]. As disheartening as it is to read about the harmful effects that humans are inflicting on the oceans and the environment, I appreciate the efforts of spreading the severity of the issue. Whether people are ignorant enough to believe that humans are not to blame for increasing rates of CO2 and other greenhouse gases or people have not informed themselves on the growing issue of global warming, it is even more globally unknown that much of these problems are irreversible. Currently, I am enrolled in a course at the University of Texas at Austin called “Humans and a Changing Ocean.” We recently discussed how climate change will continue to persist even if human emissions of CO2 are stopped. The same concern is addressed in King’s article, and it really highlights how far from the “safety zone” we have strayed. I hope that people see this issue as something that we need to address and heal immediately rather than taking the uninformed assumption that these catastrophes will occur at the same extent whether we try to stop it or not. I greatly appreciate King’s efforts of publishing this article and continuing to spread the awareness to other Austinites.