By Thea Paneth, SpeakOut
Humanity is at a crossroads, faced with dual threats. One is the growing climate crisis and the other is the ever-present, albeit submerged threat of nuclear annihilation that has been part of daily reality since 1945. Each threatens all life on Planet Earth.
From melting ice, rising and acidifying oceans, permafrost thawing, increasingly severe weather (floods, heat waves, droughts, floods, cyclones and wildfires), signs of anthropocentric climate change are unmistakable and will cause dire problems of famine and dislocation in coming years.
However, the climate emergency does not exist in isolation and it will not be successfully addressed without also addressing and ending current wars, any of which could spiral out of control with use of nuclear weapons.
Thea Paneth is a member of Arlington United for Justice with Peace in Arlington, Massachusetts and blogs at the www.justicwithpeace.org website on peace and environmental issues and events. Her letters to the editor have been published in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Arlington Advocate and Rolling Stone.
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