Now that we have come to accept the reality that is climate change, what are we going to do about it? The general concensus from climate scientists is that we need to urgently start cutting our carbon emissions, that adding any more “fuel to the fire” that is global warming will end up creating a world that is near catastrophic – as if it doesn’t feel like that right now. And it is agreed upon that the most effective way of cutting those carbon emissions is changing our energy sources from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.
Yes, in light of our ways of life that are very dependent on these fossil fuel ways, it will require massive changes in the way we live. It almost seems like a Herculean task, reconfiguring so many ways of life, that we might ask, can it even be done?
I’d have to say yes, this absolutely can be done, even though it may seem like an uphill climb. As humans we are blessed with the gift of intelligence that has allowed us to live and prosper and advance since the days of the first human life on Earth.
Just think about all the advances made by people in the 20th century. Things like automobiles, telephones, electricity available for everyone, modern day appliances, computers – the list goes on and on! But I can say with confidence that some of those changes that we now take for granted as conveniences of everyday life were not met with great enthusiasm, despite making our lives so much better in so many ways. I recall reading a book about the early days of the automobile, and the idea of cars taking the place of horse and buggy seemed far fetched and not so well received! But wiser heads prevailed and these days the thought of a world with horse drawn transportation only sounds quite terrible and inefficient.
So here we are at a crossroads of change, and this time it is not so much a change for the betterment of our daily lives but rather a change to keep our planet habitable for humans. The truth is that the Earth itself will make it through even if we keep on, business as usual, the fossil fuel ways. And the writing really is on the wall, if we don’t start to make the change from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, this world just might see the sixth extinction and that extinction will be the human species.