To The Editor,

Earlier in August the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a landmark scientific report that left no doubt about the existential threat to us and all life on this planet!

We need to do something! We have very little time to make any meaningful impact on the cause of planetary history, but we can at least try.

Our continuous pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere has caused extreme droughts, heat waves, wildfires and flooding – and will continue to worsen ! Unless we act decisively.

We are facing the greatest threat to life in human history ! We are witnessing devastating consequences to life, condemning future generations – our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and beyond – to a world of desolation and filth.

As individuals there is not that much we can do. We can reduce gas exhaust by limiting driving to essential errands, and not driving fast. But collectively we can have an impact! We are soon having a federal election.

We can impress on the candidate of our choice that to get our vote she or he will need their party to commit to immediate and effective steps to reduce greenhouse gasses.

Now is the time to act!

Knud Petersen