By Kristin Marshall, Sarah Bisbing, and Mike SanClements
A quick review and wrap-up on our climate change series. We hope we’ve provided you all with some new information and resources and convinced at least a few of you to put global climate change on your radar. In case you missed one of the posts, here are the links to all of them:
Part 4 – Unconvinced that climate change action demands immediate action? Think again!
Climate change will affect every facet of our lives from human health to national security and recreation. The economic costs of inaction are enormous and already being felt, but adapting and mitigating offers numerous opportunities for economic and social benefit.
Unfortunately, there are no quick fixes. As an earlier post by Mike (50 things that won’t save the planet) pointed out, all of our individual efforts to reduce energy consumption may not add up to much in terms of global emissions. And, in some places conserving water ends up costing you more, not less, money as Lauren has discussed (Why the mayor wants you to have a green lawn).
Thankfully, we live in a democracy. As a citizen of this country, if you believe global climate change is a problem that our society needs to deal with, you have opportunities to address that problem. You have the right to elect officials who will fight for tighter emissions standards and incentivize green energy development. You have the opportunity to influence legislation by contacting your elected officials and expressing your opinions, or by getting involved with groups that lobby those elected officials. This is true no matter what side of the issues you come down on. The political process can be slow, convoluted, and extremely frustrating, but we all can have a say in it.
We’re not interested in telling you how to vote here at the ECE blog. We just want to arm you with the best scientific information that we can find, tell you what we think it means, and let you make up your own mind.