When I came home last April after 10 years in Australia, I was blown away by how far the glacier had retreated. Your article "Warm weather brings weird fish" (Empire, Sept. 25) reminds me that scientists have concluded that Alaska has been and will be hit hardest by global warming. In western Australia, where I have been working with hydrologists documenting plunging precipitation rates and chronic water shortages, the same problems are manifesting in drought. Go to the NASA Web site and read that the chief variable behind the worst hurricane season on record (earliest hurricane, most in July, highest wind speeds recorded in Hurricane Emily, worst impact with Katrina, and largest number to hit mainland) is unseasonably high ocean temperatures. I also read today that Tony Blair has sadly and reluctantly admitted defeat on Kyoto.
These things are happening to us in real time. Why won't we do something about it? It is high time the evangelicals got off of the payroll of the big oil companies and started practicing the compassion that their religion demands of them. I was just reading an account of the British Empire about how the evangelical movement was the hidden force behind stopping slavery. Here is a chance for evangelical Christians to show their stuff again. In any case, I've come to the conclusion that we can't do it without them. However divergent our social and world views may be, we should all want a future for our kids.