Activist Monday: Don’t Lose Hope
Posted December 7, 2015on:
Good Monday, all. After weeks and weeks of nothing but horrible news, I thought I’d put up something hopeful.
I continue to believe that there is no more urgent issue in our time than that of our planet’s rapidly rising core temperature. If we have an environment that is uninhabitable for more and more of the world’s 7 billion people, the fight for remaining resources will destabilize our global society in ways ISIL could only dream of. This article contains quotes from 13 climate scientists who feel there is some reason to be positive about the potential for progress on this issue. (Note: For info on the Paris climate talks, I found this to be a good consolidated source of information.)
Here are a couple of my favorites:
“I’m most hopeful about the creativity and open minds within the younger generation worldwide – and not just within the education system. Tackling climate challenge requires innovative thinking, bravery, and stepping outside of our comfort zone. People across all job types and within civil society must think in new ways, and do it quickly. Many of those in established positions feel too constrained to make a step change and do things differently, but that’s what is needed. Often younger people are more able to ditch the ego and put the climate first – this is refreshing and necessary!
“I’d like to contribute by clearly laying out how great the challenge we face is, but also that there are different ways of thinking that are not about ‘going backwards’, but about creatively embracing our collective future.”
—Alice Bows-Larkin, professor at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester
“Last year, we saw renewables for the first time outcompeting fossil fuels in added electricity-generation capacity. For the first time in decades we saw global economic growth without any growth in carbon emissions. If we are going to avoid truly dangerous and irreversible changes in our climate, however, we need to accelerate the progress already underway, putting our foot to the metal when it comes to the transition away from a fossil fuel economy. I’m hopeful that we’ll make significant progress toward that goal at the Paris climate summit later this year.
“I would like to see an international treaty that holds all nations to binding reductions in carbon emissions, building on the voluntary commitments and bilateral agreements (e.g. between China and the US) that are already in place.”
—Michael Mann, professor of meteorology, Penn State University
When smart people like this feel there is reason to stay strong and keep the faith, it make me think that there maybe light at the end of this long tunnel after all. And, that it’s not an oncoming train.
This is an open thread.
25 Responses to "Activist Monday: Don’t Lose Hope"
Comments are closed.