All the scientists told us it was coming. Not right away, they said, but soon. What you do now matters; what you do now will have a big impact on the future. But somehow it never seemed that urgent. It seemed like the only people suffering lived far away. Despite the WHO telling us years ago that climate change will exacerbate infectious disease pandemics, these twin threats are now upon us.
If there’s any silver lining, it’s that we have proven society can make drastic changes very quickly. When this current threat passes there will be much to rebuild. A significant step towards this was the recent passage of the CARES Act, which was both extremely necessary and entirely insufficient. American households that have lost lives and livelihoods continue to need financial support.
Surprisingly, there is bipartisan agreement on one place that money should come from: place a fee on fossil fuel production and progressively distribute it to all U.S. households.
When it comes to deploying innovative and effective solutions, there’s no time like the present.
Eliana S. Armstrong
Co-leader, Indianapolis Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby