Bill McKibben was on Letterman this week, talking about climate change, his new book, 350.org, the exciting (and growing!) 10:10 movement, and putting solar panels back on the White House. McKibben was both pessimistic and upbeat, while Letterman was serious and engaged. You can watch the segment here:
The most interesting quote (aside form Letterman saying “Thank you for scaring the crap out of me”) was McKibben’s explanation of the philosophy of his organization. McKibben said,
“20 years ago I believed that if we showed politicians that the world is coming to an end, they might do something…but we need to show them that their careers are coming to an end, and that might motivate them a little more.”
This is frightening if true.
So is a failure to act in the U.S. a matter of skepticism, or a lack of political will? What do you think?