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LETTERS

The unheeded warnings that have led us to ignore another

Firefighters douse hotspots on the edge of Healesville, Australia, in February 2009, part of "an inland tsunami" of wildfires that year.
Firefighters douse hotspots on the edge of Healesville, Australia, in February 2009, part of "an inland tsunami" of wildfires that year.WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images

Are we incapable of learning from experience? Over a period of years, there were many ignored alerts about preparing for a probable lethal pandemic. Now, because of that pandemic, a preventive measure to deal with another disruption is slowed.

A regional Transportation and Climate Initiative to cap vehicle emissions has been postponed ( “Delay of vehicle emissions pact criticized,” Metro, May 20). This is an important regional action we cannot afford to delay. Governor Baker and the state Legislature have provided essential leadership in crafting a regional plan toward a net-zero emissions goal. The momentum is critical to our future. Climate change is not waiting for the coronavirus to disappear.

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As businesses open and traffic returns to the old normal, the increased release of carbon into the environment will continue to destabilize temperatures, leading to more costs and more disruption in our daily lives. The effects of climate change to our health, our security, and pocketbooks will eclipse the effects of this terrible pandemic. Let’s not wait to see that happen.

Linda F. Weinstein

Dedham