Climate deniers are the big chickens

I am responding to Edward Malik’s description of people working to address climate catastrophe as “chicken littles” (“Whoa! Alameda is not about drown,” May 23). The opposite of that would be an ostrich with his head in the sand, an accurate depiction of the shrinking number of climate change deniers.

Perhaps the letter’s author failed to read the news that on May 11, sensors at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii detected 415 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, a level not seen for the past 3 million years, according to actual climate scientists. 

The “experts, physicists and climatologists” referenced in the letter have been widely refuted as either fossil-industry tools, or just plain wrong on the science. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is supported by 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists. 

It’s time for all of us to do everything we can — including pushing our own City Council — to reduce or eliminate fossil fuel emissions and support projects that draw down carbon from the atmosphere. 

This letter’s author and other frankly, foolish climate deniers either need to get on board and help, or step aside and keep their heads buried in the sand. The rest of us: activists, citizens, government representatives and youth, will continue to do the hard work of climate restoration.


Jillian Saxty, Member, Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda; San Francisco Bay Area Climate Restoration Circle