Communities Combating Climate Change

RECEIVED Sat., April 4, 2020

Dear Mr. King,
    I am Danny Lopez, a junior currently enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin. I have recently become more aware of how serious the threats of climate change are, and have gotten increasingly discouraged until I read this article. I was doing some local research in hopes of changing the current path climate change is paving for our future and I saw your article, “AAAS Highlights Austin Efforts to Address Climate Change” [News, Sept. 16, 2019]. As a student who is still gaining insights on the effects of climate change, I was very pleased to read that several communities are using scientific information to adapt to climate change; one of the featured communities being Austin!
    In one of our lectures, our professor took a poll asking us how we feel about the current route of climate change, [and] although more than half of us agreed that we felt more hopeless, it is news like this that reignites our will to combat this potential threat to our future. Seeing how vast efforts from Austin to Yurok, California, are only enhances the intensity of this situation. Our country is known to not take this issue as seriously compared to other nations. However, your article has given me the sense of urgency to help us understand that we can still do something about climate change.
    I am onboard with and appreciate how communities across America are responding. A crucial thing we need to consider are tipping points of marine fisheries, tropical coral reefs, melting snow and glaciers, and marine phytoplankton; these tipping points are thresholds that we cannot exceed because it would cause detrimental changes to the current path to fight climate change. I hope people who read this are inspired to start their own ideas. All nations must unite for optimal defense against climate change.
Danny Lopez
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