Letter: Help Rep. Curtis face climate change

(Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo) Utah Congressman John Curtis speaks at the Sutherland Institute in Salt Lake City on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.

When was the last time you talked with your congressional representatives about climate change? If you’re like most people, you never have. Yet the decisions members of Congress are making will affect our lives, the lives of our children, and future generations.

If you happen to live in Rep. John Curtis’ district, you are fortunate. He has made it very easy to engage with him about climate. Three weeks ago he began giving two-minute “Climate Chats” on Facebook and Twitter (#CurtisClimateChat), where he speaks about climate and the environment and asks for responses. He successfully depolarizes what has been a politicized issue and talks about these critical matters with reason and insight.

I encourage everyone — constituents or non — to join Curtis’ Climate Chats. The time for ignoring this critical issue has passed.

As K.C. Hildreth persuasively wrote in the Feb. 16 Salt Lake Tribune, “Climate change is more than a moral imperative”; it is a “climate emergency,” and “one of the greatest public health risks we face.”

Now is the time to respond to this crisis by listening to Curtis and giving him the feedback he is requesting.

David Folland, Sandy

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