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LETTER: Staying power critical for climate change

Scott Sharplin, co-ordinator of the Cape Breton branch of Extinction Rebellion, is accompanied by his daughter Pastel Sharplin, 7, while leading the March for the Earth from the Open Hearth Park in Sydney to the civic centre on May 24, 2019. Cape Breton’s Extinction Rebellion group will hold a rally today at the civic centre from 12-3 p.m.
Scott Sharplin, co-ordinator of the Cape Breton branch of Extinction Rebellion, is accompanied by his daughter Pastel Sharplin, 7, while leading the March for the Earth from the Open Hearth Park in Sydney to the civic centre on May 24, 2019. Cape Breton’s Extinction Rebellion group will hold a rally today at the civic centre from 12-3 p.m. - Sharon Montgomery-Dupe

Thank you to Lezlie Lowe for her very well written and poignant Jan. 3 column, “To combat climate crisis, we need a new total war.” I can't wait to read her book. 

The differences between the Second World War era and now, however, are significant. Most of the people around in those times had already endured the Great Depression of the 1930s and were not new to hardship — so unlike the youth of today who have no idea how to endure even a day without their cellphones.

Also, people back in the day knew the war would end and better times would follow, but this climate crisis — definitely the right words for it, by the way — that we face today demands a commitment to do battle likely forevermore. You know how welcoming today's young people are to commitment.

I love the quote by writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa who said, “If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.”

Ben Benjamin, Beaver Bank

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