Editorial: It is important to be aware of climate change

Staff Editorial

With everything that has been happening in the news throughout much of 2020, it can be difficult to focus on everything that is going on at any given time.

But among the COVID-19 pandemic, political turmoil and racial unrest, it is vital that we remember that global climate change is still a very real threat.

We at the Daily Eastern News understand that it is hard to keep track of all the news lately, and it is often very unpleasant to follow the news, but we cannot afford to let climate change fade from the public view.

Earlier this week, the United Nations called on world leaders to end their “war on nature” in 2021.

“Apocalyptic fires and floods, cyclones and hurricanes are increasingly the new normal,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.

His statement also rings true currently in California, where new wildfires are being fueled by dry conditions and strong winds.

According to the Associated Press, California has already had its worst-ever year for wildfires, with 6,500 acres being burned, 31 people being killed and 10,500 homes and structures being damaged or destroyed.

It seems like everywhere we turn this year, the end of the world seems to be on its way.

It can be very stressful to think or learn about climate change with everything else going on, but the very least we can do is make sure we are informed on what is happening.

Paying attention to government policies on climate and voting for candidates who prioritize combatting climate change is an even better way to get involved.