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Letters to the Editor, Aug. 1

Where to move?

We are sweltering in the Southern Oregon heat and smoke, with severely unhealthy air now seeming to be the new normal, canceling many outdoor events and causing people to want to move elsewhere.

But where can we move? The rest of the world is burning up, too — Sweden, Greece, wildfires in Australia in April, the Melbourne water supply in danger due to “collapse” of forests caused by logging. Excessive rain and floods in other parts of the world, another heat wave in Europe while the glaciers melt and massive icebergs fall into the seas.

Now is absolutely the wrong time to “fast-track” fossil fuel exploration with more pipelines and bigger container ships delivering fuels around the world. It is also totally the wrong time to unprotect our public lands and put them into “timber production.” Our best defense against accelerating climate change is making sure that our green forests flourish, which also means keeping the Endangered Species Act strong. Support our amazing, beautiful, diverse Cascade-Siskiyou forests and monument, while they generously cool and clean our air and water, sequester carbon, provide wildlife sanctuary and feed our weary souls.

Bonnie Johnson


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