Dear Editor,

I agree with the Monmouth Community Climate Coalition’s recognition of “the unjust impacts of climate change and the moral imperative to act;” however, they may want to ask The Rev. Michael Dowd about a very inconvenient issue when he speaks at the event being held Monday, June 6, 2016, at First Presbyterian Church of Rumson.

Across the world people are suffering due to the effects of these changes. Yet aid agencies are unable to secure sufficient funds to help them because, of the more than $1 billion dollars spent globally every day on climate finance, only 6% of it is goes to helping vulnerable people adapt to the impacts of climate change today. The rest is spent on mitigation, trying to stop climate phenomena that might, or might not, someday happen.  This is immoral, effectively valuing the lives of people yet to be born more than those in need today.

By promoting the scientifically unfounded belief that we can control Earth’s climate merely by regulating our carbon dioxide emissions, groups like the Monmouth Community Climate Coalition encourage the continuation of this scandal, one of the greatest ethical tragedies of our time.


Tom Harris, B. Eng., M. Eng. (Mech.)
Executive Director
International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Note: ICSC is not right wing (our participants come from across the political spectrum), is not funded by ‘big oil,’ and are not lobbyists or ‘shills’ for industry of any sort.  I have never worked as a PR rep for any company or sector.