The March 29 editorial “A reckless climate reversal” and John Podesta’s Washington Forum commentary the same day, “On climate, it’s up to us now,” were correct to decry the Trump administration’s decisions to reverse U.S. policies to address the changing global climate. The science is clear that human activities are the reason the climate is changing. Business and political leaders around the world have recognized this reality and are trying to do something about it.
It is a national shame that our government is headed in the opposite direction. The consequence of ignoring the threat of climate change, however, is not “an endangered planet,” as The Post and Mr. Podesta said. Planet Earth existed for billions of years before conditions allowed for life — including humans — to develop and prosper, and it will continue to exist, regardless of how high sea levels and global temperatures rise.
So all who are concerned about climate change should be clear: What is at stake is not the fate of planet Earth, but, rather, the fate of humanity, in particular, and life on Earth, in general.
Ken Brill, Bethesda
The campaign by the Heartland Institute to disseminate unscientific information about climate change takes climate science down a well-worn path: dress up propaganda with scientific-sounding vocabulary, identify a few “credentialed skeptics,” then misuse phrases such as “It’s just a theory” to make it seem as if science and pseudoscience are equal.
For more than 65 years, the New York Academy of Sciences has been hosting STEM-education programs for students and teachers to ensure we have scientifically literate citizens prepared for the future workplace and capable of making informed decisions to benefit their communities. The point of science education is to teach students how to make evidence-based decisions using data collected by fully qualified researchers through internationally recognized practices.
The Heartland Institute is within its rights to have its unscientific opinion about climate change, but opinion is not fact.
Meghan Groome, New York
The writer is senior vice president of education
at the New York Academy of Sciences.