EDITORIAL – Now we know – climate change is real, and it’s our fault

(Image: Cover, UN Climate Report 2021)

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

IF YOU WANT TO IMPRESS friends and acquaintances at your next social gathering, casually ask them if they’ve read Climate Change 2021 – The Physical Science Basis, Contribution of Working Group I to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

It’s the latest United Nations report on climate change and, despite its unwieldy name, it might be the most important document of our generation.

It’s being described as “a code red for humanity” and the “death knell” for the fossil fuel industry. Basically, we’re all doomed unless we do something fast, and even then we can’t avoid dramatic climate change altogether.

What the report is trying to say, through all its scientific jargon, is that the Earth’s climate is going to hell and it’s our fault.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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1 Comment on EDITORIAL – Now we know – climate change is real, and it’s our fault

  1. Marcus Lowe // August 11, 2021 at 5:05 PM // Reply

    Your fault. My fault. Our fault. Who cares? What matters is WTF are you me and us going to do about it? Everything else is Bullshit. I have no Natural Gas for my home heating and cooling, no oil for the same, all renewable energy. Not easy. Next step will be automobile.

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