The Politics of Climate Change
As extreme weather events become increasingly common, it is clear that climate change is primarily a political problem. We know what to do, stop burning fossil fuels, and when we need to do it, right now. We have the technology to transition the energy sector and the markets favor renewable energy.
Lack of political will is the barrier to progress. As long as the fossil fuel industry funds our political system this essential transition will continue to be deflected. Beware of narratives that frame the problem as something other than politics.
What you can do right now…
Step 1: For inspiration, read The Future We Choose By Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac.
Step 2: For an in-depth look at the current state of affairs, check out The New Climate War by Michael E. Mann.
Step 3: Become an activist; contact your representatives regularly, write Letters to the Editor and op-eds, and become involved with activist non-partisan political groups like Citizens’ Climate Lobby in your community.
Step 4: Spread the word. Talk to everyone you know and bring them on board.
Together, we can do this.