I recently reconnected with an old friend from high school; over lunch today we discussed the pessimism of yesterday’s International Energy Agency report. We both saw the human race as a deft and resourceful bunch, and agreed that humans, like cockroaches, would manage to survive most of the impacts of climate change. What that world might look like should we survive could be a far cry from what we know now. I think that the mature approach is to do what we can to make the transition to sustainable energy and transportation solutions before our backs are against the wall.
Not too long ago I had a discussion with a family member who is an ardent disbeliever of the equation “Increased CO2 Emissions = Climate Change”. I appreciate that camp’s perspective, though as I said over lunch with a friend – it is far better to use the fear of climate change to propel us into action, than procrastinate and have to identify an interim solutions to satiate our energy demand. Hopefully, with some time and a bit of foresight we can develop sustainable solutions that make social and political sense and not swing from one untenable lifestyle to another.
I’ve always found it tough convey my thoughts on why we should still do something and the clearest presentation I’ve ever heard for why to do something about CO2 emissions and climate change is below. It might be simplistic, but look forward to hearing why it does not make sense to you.
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