The world needs to get serious about reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, and we need to do so now. A leaked draft of the newest report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that we are running out of time to slash our use of high-polluting fossil fuels and stay below agreed limits on global warming.
As the report makes clear, if we don’t turn to alternative fuels soon–very, very soon–we’ll face the worst potential impacts of climate change. Increasing temperatures could trigger irreversible damage, such as a meltdown of Greenland’s ice, according to U.N. reports
As it stands now, we’re fast approaching the point where we’ve put food and water supplies at risk. The polar ice caps have melted faster in last 20 years than in the last 10,000. A comprehensive satellite study confirms that the melting ice caps are raising sea levels at an accelerating rate. Surely this is reason enough to change our voracious consumption of fossil fuels.
We can’t turn things around, but we can lessen the damage by cutting carbon emissions and boosting the use of renewables such as wind, hydro and solar power, among other “clean” fossil fuels.
Even those who hate President Obama and his push to move to alternative forms of energy ought to love their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and others enough to put their greed and politics aside to ensure a world where current generations can live without having to battle even more for resources such as food, water, shelter, breathable air.
Yes, cutting carbon emissions and developing renewable energy from wind, water, and the sun will cost money. However, failure to do so will cost millions of lives.
We’ll need to determine very soon which is the greater cost: change or mass destruction?