I’m in the midst of reading a really good article following 4 experts (I hate using that word) discussing the up-to-date ‘what’s going on’ with climate change.
… And I came across a wicked quote. First off, there are so many different opinions with climate change, I probably shouldn’t even bother writing about it. There are so many steps, it seems, into doing anything about climate change, or any global change for that matter. Having people believe it’s actually happening, is step one. Having governments to believe it’s happening is step two. Having governments believe in what their people are believing, is yet another step.
Personally, I think climate change is a total lost cause… Yes, I believe it is happening, but do I think we’re going to end up doing anything about it? Definitely not… most ‘solutions’ that we hear about in the news, are very quick and very local fixes that basically put the public mind at ease. Those will last for a few years, until people realize that nothing has really been done because the global effect is still occurring. This is the reason I completely agree with this quote:
“… I’m also optimistic about our abilities. Unfortunately I’m pessimistic about our wisdom. We have the capability to do amazing things in a short amount of time, but it takes a political decision with follow-through. I’m not confident we’ll get it.”
– Ken Caldeira
While there are definitely a lot of skeptics out there, there are also many people who want to do big things, and yes if they have the motivation and drive to do it, then they’ll succeed and get scholaships and recommendations, and publish their work in journals and magazines. Unfortunately, when it comes to contributing to a global society, you have to go through the politicians, and they’re most likely not as interested as you are.
So, my personal conclusion is that, yes, things will be done to help with climate change… will it change anything on a global scale?