The Reader: We must all unite and act to protect the climate
We must all unite and act to protect the climate
You reported last week on the devastating floods in and around New York City. The climate emergency makes the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, like these hurricanes and floods, far more common and pronounced. If we, as a world, want to stop this terrifying increase in ruination and death, we — and our governments, of course — need to unite and enact policies and behaviours that will truly keep to the specified parameters of the 2015 Paris Climate Accords. This must be our common endeavour. It really is a matter of life and death.
The devastation caused by Hurricane Ida is a stark reminder of the urgency of the climate crisis. It is also a reminder that the effects of climate change are not shouldered equally. Most people killed in New York in the storm lived in basement apartments which are disproportionately populated by low-income communities, immigrants and people of colour. Water trapped them inside their homes. It is very clear that the climate crisis is also an inequality crisis.
Emma Loffhagen, Comment writer
We need answers to food shortages
Thanks to all of you who donate to food banks. I volunteer at a food bank and these donations are a lifeline for the poorest in society. However, over the past weeks we have seen a decline in donations due to a national food shortage. There are many reasons for this. Covid is one, however we have been informed by farmers, food processing and delivery firms that staff shortages are a big problem. We now find ourselves in the situation where the unemployed cannot get food from a food bank due to staff shortages. What is the answer to this problem?