Climate Change-Thunberg

FILE — Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, center, speaks as she takes part during the Climate Strike, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in New York. Tens of thousands of protesters joined rallies on Friday as a day of worldwide demonstrations calling for action against climate change began ahead of a U.N. summit in New York.

To the editor — Inspired by Greta Thunberg, 3 million people joined the Global Climate Strike to say we have 11 years left to save the planet.

Their signs said, “The seas are rising and so are we.” “Our planet is on fire — will you help?” People of power, are you listening to this wave of despair? Millions of schoolchildren sound the alarm.

Species crucial to pollination and therefore food to sustain us are becoming extinct. Climate change is permanently transforming our world. Extreme rain and drought result in food insecurity and starvation. Blame lies in the greed of people in power. Accumulation of wealth won’t matter in the countdown to extinction.

Education and awareness can result in drastic changes in behavior to reverse the march toward extinction. Solutions exist. Statements can lead to action. A renewable energy economy works for everyone. People demand climate justice for all.

Greta asked for five minutes of silence. Across the continents we honored her plea. In Yakima, our thoughts connected with global citizens in our five minutes of solemn silence. Urgency moves Greta and millions of our young people to continue to strike in over 150 countries. Are we listening? Hurray for young people who remind us we have 11 years left heal the planet.

BETTY VAN RYDER

Yakima