LA Times Gets It Right

Dear Climate March Friends,

The mainstream media is beginning to come to its senses. After years of practicing the belief that “both sides need to be heard,” the Los Angeles Times announced that it would no longer publish letters from climate-change deniers. In a piece titled, “On letters from climate-change deniers” (October 8, 2013), Times’ Letters Editor Paul Thornton explains, “The debate right now isn’t whether this evidence exists (clearly, it does) but what this evidence means for us.” He also states, “Simply put, I do my best to keep errors of fact off the letters page; when one does run, a correction is published. Saying ‘there’s no sign humans have caused climate change’ is not stating an opinion, it’s asserting a factual inaccuracy.”

This is a big deal. After years of putting up with absurd arguments despite near unanimity among scientists (some reports put it at 97%) whose research confirms manmade climate change, media outlets are finally getting the message. Climate change is real. Climate change is happening. Now, we need to do something about it.

Sadly, a near worldwide acceptance in science isn’t enough to convince some folks. A clarion call is needed to get people to truly understand that things need to change. The visual experience of 1,000 marchers, a mobile community of like-minded individuals demanding action on the crisis, is just what the doctor ordered to snap Americans from their denial or apathy.

At this stage in the Great March for Climate Action’s progress, we are on our way toward that goal. To maximize effectiveness, we need to mobilize 1,000 marchers. The March is powered by people taking on the challenge of changing the hearts and minds of those still clinging to outdated thoughts and scientifically incorrect “facts”. There are global citizens who believe strongly in the need for action, and we invite them to join us on this odyssey.

There are those who want to help, but are unable to march. For them, the simplest way is to share our mission with someone who may not know about the Climate March, or head to our Crowdrise page and sponsor one or more marchers. These are important steps in making sure that we achieve the best outcomes, both for the marchers and for people whose minds and hearts need changing.

The facts are there. Now, we need your help.