A young Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg has taken the world by storm by protesting and standing up to world leaders to take emergency action to offset CO2 emissions rather than being complacent in this time of global climate crisis. At only 16 years of age, this gifted young lady has been nominated for Sweden’s “woman of the year” award, has received a trillion dollar pledge by EU leaders to address climate change and she was just nominated for a Nobel Peace prize by the U.N.!

An interesting fact about Greta's laser-like focus on the climate issue is her challenge of being diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, which makes her mature beyond her years in looking at her own future.

Last Friday, over one million youngsters, students and others marched in solidarity around the world echoing Greta’s urgent message for the next generation. Greta Thunberg’s message inspires and changes people (including myself) to do the best thing for the environment and the future. According to climate scientists and Greta, we have less than twelve years to prevent catastrophic climate disasters from making the earth uninhabitable.

I am carrying the torch for Greta Thunberg here in Siskiyou county by restating the need for our city and county planners to begin designing an electric passenger rail link between Yreka and Redding to help offset huge amounts of CO2 and provide safe and economical transportation during daylight hours through our beautiful region. It doesn’t have to be a super-expensive high-speed train either because 50 to 70 mph will transport people quickly and safely through our beautiful mountainous region while allowing us to enjoy the scenery. Mass transit funding from the state has been forthcoming in the past and I am sure there will be more money in the pipeline for these extremely critical times.

Randy Bofinger

Mount Shasta