I was reading an interesting story on CNN.com that talked about the once-mighty woolly mammoth, a powerful species which roamed the entire Northern Hemisphere.
Research now suggests that the woolly mammoth lived as recently as 4,000 years ago before climate change led to its extinction.
What happened 4,000 years ago matters today because world leaders are grappling with a climate change problem that could eventually lead to another extinction -- the human race.
I realize it's easier to send a tweet dismissing climate change as a hoax than to face hard facts, but I tend to agree with a team of 70 scientists from around the globe who have come to the conclusion global warming does indeed threaten humanity. That's not a conclusion which should be tossed in the trash like junk mail.
Climate change has become a political issue with those who are concerned about our environment labeled as liberals. I must confess I want clean water to drink and clean air to breathe so I guess I'm as liberal as they come.
We can do little things ourselves to help with climate change but ultimately it's our government which will have to take action to make a meaningful impact. That's why global warming ranks atop my list of priorities for the 2020 presidential campaign.
Folks will say a presidential election all comes down to the economy. But it seems pointless to have a robust economy if we no longer have a habitable world in which to live.
Some politicians look out for the large corporations and want to cut corners for them to earn big bucks. But I don't see the purpose of having a record-setting third quarter if the company is polluting rivers in order to do it.
When it comes to beliefs, there are so many issues which divide us. There's abortion, gun control, gay marriage and immigration. Those are just a few issues which always seem at the fore.
But one argument no one can refute is we only have one world where we can live. We may have borders and nearly 200 countries, but in the end it is still one world.
Currently there are more than 3,000 species of animals that are considered endangered. That's three times as many endangered species as there were just 10 years ago, according to Faunalytics, an organization dedicated to the preservation of animals.
When we start looking at animals at risk of extinction and we remember the once-prevalent woolly mammoth, it doesn't take too much hard thinking to make the leap and wonder how much longer before all this begins to affect us. If we're not in jeopardy right now, what about our grandchildren?
Climate change should be a top priority for everyone, unless you know of another planet where we all can live.
Standard editor James Clark can be reached at 473-2191.