Ms. Warner, you have a responsibility as a parent that you are shirking. Instead of whining about your own personal decline, why don’t you turn your pen towards the really important decline - that of a habitable climate for your daughters.
Our whiny, insatiably greedy generation should have listened to Jimmy Carter decades ago and followed his example of installing solar panels on the White House roof.
Instead, we elected a fraud, who promised “Mourning in America.” We got bigger and bigger cars, and bigger houses and appliances and thought of air transport as a right.
Now we already have melting glaciers and ice caps, ensuring amplifying feedbacks that will soon make the climate intolerable for humans and all the other species we have so thoughtlessly exploited and now will drive to extinction.
Here on the east coast, so many tons of invisible toxic greenhouse gases are poisoning people (cancer, emphysema and asthma) and vegetation. Find a tree and actually look at it. Right now it should be in autumn glory, with brilliantly colored leaves. In the next few weeks, after we have frost, the bright leaves should fall to the ground.
What do we have instead? Green leaves singed with brown, or withered leaves, falling off. Where’s the color? Who stole the leaves? Our ecosystem is in freefall collapse and no one is paying any attention. We’re still too occupied with our stockmarket portfolios, or watching a kid in a balloon for hours on the teevee.
Do your daughters a favor. Write about what really matters.— GailZ