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Popular Twin Cities meteorologist shares his climate concerns

Paul Douglas addressed a large crowd on the issue of climate change at a dialogue event at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Minneapolis. Metro Lutheran photo: Bob Hulteen

Meteorologist Paul Douglas has long been a go-to guy on weather in Minnesota. With significant runs as the primary forecaster for WCCO and KARE, both in the Twin Cities, Douglas has the people’s ear on changing weather patterns.

And he is concerned, according to statements he made during a presentation titled “Climate Change and Christian Stewardship: Why It Matters” on September 19 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA), Minneapolis. “While you can never attribute a single event to climate change, the trends are clear.”

Douglas cited blooming flowers in St. Paul in March during the last few years. “That’s what climate models were predicting for 2090.”

“A lot of people don’t want to admit there is a problem until there is a clear solution,” Douglas explained, quoting a friend who is a psychologist. While he can’t suggest any silver bullets, Douglas does stress there are things people can do. Some lifestyle changes — like driving hybrids — and some legislative changes could make a big difference.

And we have a moral responsibility to do so. “We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children,” he said.

A longer article appears on the Metro Lutheran website: www.metrolutheran.org.

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