The Best Explanation of Why We Need to Address Climate Change
The Copenhagen talks are over, the limos now returned, the private jets nestled back in their private hangars. I was going to write up my thoughts on Cop15 but realized I just don’t have it in me. While I don’t mean to diminish what they were intended to be about, I can’t help but being saddened by the worlds response to what may very well be the worst threat we as a species have ever faced.
You’ll notice I say “what may very well be” as opposed to “what will be” because truthfully, I don’t know. And neither does anyone else for that matter, not absolutely anyway. We are in the middle of an experiment here, one that has never been completed before, and only at the end of the run will we know exactly what the outcome will be. We can talk about projections, CO2, greenhouse gas effects and everything else until we are blue in the face, but the reality is, as with most science, there is almost never complete certainty.
So I’m going to post up one of my favorite videos on the subject once again. Please take the time to watch it, pass it on to everyone you know, and send it to your politicians as well. It’s 9 minutes, which may seem like a lot, but it’s one of the best discussions of global climate change I have seen. It doesn’t deal with CO2 levels, rising tides, or even fossil fuels, but instead breaks the entire argument down to the simple concept of risk management.
The man behind the video (and in front of the lens) is Greg Craven, a mild mannered science teacher who likes to explain large concepts in simple ways that anyone can understand. His video was such a hit, that he expanded it and even wrote a book about it as well. The reason I like this video so much is that he strips away all the conflict, confronts the problems that people bring up about Climate Change head on, and still makes his point.
Simply put, are we willing to risk what the outcome of global climate change will be, should it come to fruition. This is straightforward simple common sense logic that anyone can understand. Sort of like an obese guy hearing that if he doesn’t lose weight he’s going to die young. Does he argue that his fate can’t be proven in all certainty? Of course not, he (hopefully) starts exercising and stops wolfing down the Twinkies. Well Climate Change should be decided on the same grounds (except without the Twinkies…we should keep those).
As for the Climate Change talks–the day that politicians are really truly on track with doing something about this problem, will be the day when the talks are virtual, broadcast on the web for all to see and hear, and all countries recognize that every citizen on the planet has an equal stake in the game.
That’s when they’ll have really “gotten” it.
My two cents. Yours?