Environment Sustainability

Stakes Have Gotten Higher

Image of Earth 7-6-15 from DSCOVR (Deep Space Climate Observatory)

Regardless of winners, there are only two issues that matter on Nov. 6: climate change and nuclear weapons. They represent the only existential threats to society as we know it.

Will Democrats or Republicans do a better job addressing climate change responsibly? I don’t know.

Stakes have gotten higher.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued an Oct. 6 report which said the impacts on humans of letting the planet warm by 1.5 degrees Celsius are bad. If it gets warmer they are worse.

The good news is there is time to address it. It will be hard.

“Limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is possible within the laws of chemistry and physics but doing so would require unprecedented changes,” said Jim Skea, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III.

Humanity does not have a good track record of making sensible change.

The IPCC indicated society has between 10-14 years to address global warming before it reaches a tipping point after which it becomes uncontrollable.

In other words, it will be incumbent upon elected officials to address humanity’s contributions to global warming regardless of party.

Please vote, and consider what candidates might do to address climate change as you do.

View the IPCC report here.

~ Published in the Oct. 18 edition of the Solon Economist