While the debate still rages about whether or not climate change is real as well as whether or not it’s man-made if it is real, there’s another more important debate happening right now that really is the biggest question of them all: is doing a lot the same as doing enough?
If the answer to the first two questions are, “yes it exists and yes it’s man-made,” then the answer to the important question is a resounding “no,” at least according to politicians, activists, and scientists. We are beyond the point where driving more eco-friendly cars and eating less beef is going to make an impact. We’re even beyond the stage of reducing carbon footprints. At this point, we need to either reverse environmental-killing actions or accept our fate.
With all of the forward movement, it’s not enough. It’s not even close. A recent article on the Washington Post points to the desperation that’s starting to surface with the realization that if climate changes is indeed real, it’s not a problem that we’re equipped to fix:
For instance, Chelsea Harvey reported in The Washington Post this week on a sobering study out of the UK’s Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, finding that when you take into account the United States’, China’s and the EU’s currently pledged emissions reduction goals, and add in a reasonable estimate of the rest of the world’s emissions as well, you’re left without much chance of avoiding 2 degrees Celsius of global warming above pre-industrial levels. There will simply be too many emissions.