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February 26, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Fight climate change to help those in poverty around the world

One point is often missing from arguments for fighting climate change: Reducing carbon emissions is one of the simplest ways that people in Seattle, and throughout the U.S., can help people living in poverty around the world [“Climate change: mitigation, adaptation,” Opinion, Feb. 13].

Greenhouse gases emitted here don’t stay here, they contribute to a global environmental problem. And while the harmful impact of climate change will certainly be felt here in the Northwest, it will be nothing compared to the catastrophes that are already befalling people in places like Peru, Bangladesh, and the Philippines, who are far more vulnerable to the effects of climate change than we are. Our carbon emissions contribute to famines, disasters and wars worldwide.

A lot of people are reluctant to get involved in the fight against global poverty because it’s such a complicated problem, and it can be hard to know if your time and money are making a difference. But the science behind climate change is clear, and the solutions are simple. Climate change hurts people. Cutting carbon emissions slows climate change.

If you want to help people living in poverty all around the world, fighting climate change is a great way to do it.

Ben Conway, Seattle

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