Climate change is not a hoax.

You can ask the overwhelming majority of leading scientists who study the problems created by a changing planet.

You can ask the leaders of the industrial giants accused of being the largest man-made contributors to the problem.

And you can ask the leaders of tomorrow, the children, who turned out by the tens of thousands in places around the world Friday for a climate strike to raise awareness of the need for action.

Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden, called for action during a three-minute speech Monday to the United Nations repeatedly punctuated by the phrase, “How dare you.”

“This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here,” said Thunberg, who began a lone protest outside the Swedish Parliament more than a year ago. “I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you have come to us young people for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”

She later added, “We will not let you get away with this. Right now is where we draw the line.”

Their admonitions for change are being heard. The United Nations, as it starts its new general session this week, is pushing member nations to provide concrete solutions — no more empty promises or calls for more study. Action is required.

Sixty-six countries have promised to have more ambitious climate goals, and 30 swore to be carbon neutral by midcentury, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera Echenique said Monday. The leaders of Finland and Germany promise to ban coal within a decade. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is pushing to make Earth carbon neutral within 30 years.

All of the promises being made will not bring the planet’s changes to a standstill. Some are naturally occurring, part of the evolution of every planet. But some of the changes caused or accelerated by man can be reduced for the benefit of future generations — maybe not our children or grandchildren, but their offspring long after we have departed this life.

Climate change naysayers like to point to the belief back in the 1970s that Earth at the time actually was cooling as evidence science is little more than an alarmist guessing game. But go back to that era and the concerns climate scientists raised about the depletion of the ozone layer. That is a protective barrier that reduces the ultraviolet radiation that makes it from the sun to Earth.

Two researchers at the University of California-Irvine determined the widespread use of chlorofluorocarbon gases, then commonly used in aerosol sprays and as coolants in many refrigerators, were a major contributor to ozone depletion. A decade after publishing their study, a team of scientists in England found the depletion had caused a hole in the protective layer over Antarctica. It was then the world began taking the problem seriously.

In 1987, almost 200 countries came together to sign the Montreal Protocol addressing the chemicals causing ozone layer depletion. Because of that agreement, ozone depletion over the southern poles has fallen 20 percent. A U.N.-commissioned study last year found the ozone layer has begun to replenish itself.

The success in eliminating the widespread use of chlorofluorocarbons and replenishing the ozone layer demonstrates man-made solutions can have a positive effect on Earth’s evolution. The same success is possible in confronting the current conditions from a changing climate.

It is an issue of such undeniable importance, even a child can see it. We should consider the words of those with open minds who do not base their findings on politics or economics, but the consequences inaction will cause on their own lives.

This editorial was written by Michael Morris, managing editor of The Facts.

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Bulldog

Man made climate change is a hoax. It is nothing but a vehicle for a one world government run by global elitist. That little shrill brat needs to go to China and India and protest instead of here. They produce 80 % of the worlds CO2.

Bulldog

The communists used our youth in the 60s, and they are doing it still. These "children are nothing more than puppets of the elitist that want to rule over you.

natives5

See you’re still watching Fox and their reliable pundits. Just like them you berate a child. Pathetic Bulldog. Pathetic.

Bulldog

Why doesn't she and her deviant twerking band of Mary men go protest in China and India? They are the major offenders of so called green house gas

natives5

What are Mary men?!? And the general assembly of the United Nations is exactly where she needed to go. You do realize the US and tRumps favorite country, Russia, are top offenders also, right?

Bulldog

People like you parade these kids out like puppets so you can shield yourself from attacks. Then have the nerve to call me out. Shameful.

natives5

What?!?! You called a young girl with Aspergers Syndrome a little shrill brat. You look bad, Bulldog. Can't deflect that onto me.

Bulldog

Your ilk paraded her out. Not me

natives5

But you are the one attacking a child for her opinion. Same old tactic of trying to belittle those who don't agree with you.

AMP

Propaganda and Indoctrination. Is anyone aware of the Hitler Youth?

jmilner007

These people are so smart, when they switched to alternative refrigerants regarding the ozone layer, they went to refrigerants with a HIGHER (GWP) global warming potential. Now they expect us to listen to these brainwashed kids because they are taught that they are smarter than their parents. We have got to take back control of our schools.

natives5

Oh my! Everything with y’all is a battle to take something back. Why don’t you put this energy into fighting to saving the environment?

BillNancy

Wisdom comes with age and experience. I wonder how they became so smart and wise at such a young age?

natives5

Because they read the studies that the wise scientists are preparing based on their facts. For someone who claims to be wise on several occasions, you sure aren’t showing it in this matter.

Father of Six

I wonder if they read the studies from the 1970's that say an Ice Age is coming. What's sad is you can drive down to the beach and see your argument is hot air. I'm 56 and the Blue Water highway looks pretty much how it did when I was a kid. It and the dunes protecting it get destroyed by storms but they keep putting it back in the same place. Use a little common sense.

natives5

Because Blue Water Highway hasn't changed then all is well in the world. And you tell me to use a little common sense?!?!

Bulldog

Are you suggesting the mean sea level is rising in some parts of the world and not others?

Father of Six

You can worship the earth if you want to but as for me and my family, we will worship the Lord. I believe we should take care of the earth but not worship it. God will destroy the earth.

Bulldog

Roman's 1:25

They gave up the truth about God for a lie, and they worshiped God's creation instead of God, who will be praised forever. Amen.

natives5

That took a weird turn. Now those who see and acknowledge climate change are against God?!?! The earth is a gift from God that he expects us to take care of. “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Genesis 2:15). We are expected to use the earth wisely and destroying it is contrary to God's word.

Glenn G

"Children Take The Lead" This headline is laughable at the very least. Why don't we just step aside and let kids run the whole dang show?? In today's political climate, this is clearly a ploy from the left to parade a kid out and have her regurgitate their talking points as if it were her own opinion based on her own research. Ridiculous! Take her back to her 4th grade science class and let her figure out why the dinosaurs died.

rexster314

I equate Greta Thunberg and her frothing at the mouth with the Parkland school shooting "victim" David Hogg.

Bulldog

Yup

natives5

I've never seen so many confident patriots so afraid of a young girl and her voice. Why do y'all feel so threatened? This has nothing to do with David Hogg but way to try and tie the 2 together.

Bulldog

I'm not afraid of anyone, but I will respond to people that hide behind children like Mr. Morris did

natives5

How is he hiding behind a child?!?! That makes no sense. I'm truly trying to figure that line out.

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