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Australia branded worst climate performer ahead of UN summit

In this July 8, 2011 file photo, smoke bellows from a chimney stack at BlueScope Steel’s mill at Port Kembla, south of Sydney, Australia. Australia was the worst climate performer among comparable developed countries since the 2015 Paris Agreement imposed binding commitments to limit global warming, a think tank reported on Thursday Oct. 21, 2021, ahead of an important conference in Scotland later this month. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)

We are all seeing the rise of many natural disasters, which are happening more frequently because of climate change. I volunteer to serve families after natural disasters and have seen firsthand the hardship and crisis created by these events. Many families may never fully recover emotionally or monetarily.

It is always seems those most marginalized are the ones who suffer the greatest consequences. This is true within our own nation and also on a global scale. I believe that we in the United States have a moral obligation to lead in our commitment to reversing our abuse of the environment. We must lead toward a carbon-neutral future with an ambitious national commitment. I believe in solving the climate crisis and prioritizing the needs of those who are most vulnerable. Let us all call for the moral leadership of Congress and the U.S. government at this critical moment.

Jane Lindberg • St. Louis County