This summer, I participated in Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s student advocacy training program. We were asked to write a letter to the editor concerning a climate-related article from any local publication. I wanted to choose Current in Carmel, but there was no recent content to comment on.
The lack of environmental articles from Current is alarming. But far more discouraging is the realization that there are more letters to the editor from the community about climate change than there are articles. We leave it up to the community to create a dialogue around climate change. This is problematic because it should be our newspapers seeking to inform the community through experts and facts so that we may make correct conclusions about pertinent issues.
Community members who write to Current and deny climate change on the grounds of opinion are empowered through your publication. Several community members have diligently responded to this misinformation, which is promising. But this back-and-forth conversation over months of publications is ineffective at combating these false narratives. Current should feel a sense of obligation to dismantle the controversy and misinformation through increased coverage on environmental topics.
Can you have an opinion about facts? No, you cannot.
Daphne Hulse, Carmel