In a New York Times op-ed, Pultizer Prize-winning author Anthony Doerr ’95 recalls how, twenty-five years ago, more than 1,500 prominent scientists issued a stark warning to the world: Act now to save the environment before it’s too late.
“They cited stresses on the planet’s atmosphere, forests, oceans and soils, and called on everybody to act decisively,” said Doerr.
“So did I act immediately and decisively?” he asks. No, he answers. Despite making some efforts, like replacing incandescent light bulbs and riding his bike to work, Doerr worries that he has not done enough to take care of the planet for future generations.
This month a coalition of scientists, led by researchers at Oregon State University, has issued a new call to action—one signed by more than 15,000 scientists. With time “running out,” writes Doerr, the most important thing people can do is take notice of this latest warning and take effective action now.