I will be the first to admit that the above video, produced by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change), is a bit “wonky.” It’s over 11 minutes long and very technical, laying out a host of views on how countries, industries and trans-national entities can work to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. There’s a lot here, from fostering renewable energy to replanning our major cities to use less energy and direct our industries toward more environmentally responsible patterns. But, as dense as this is, I really do recommend watching the whole thing. The more informed we all are about climate change, the more we can do as citizens, as voters and as residents of planet Earth to help solve it.
While there are many more videos on the subject of climate change that are shorter and more succinct–this post was originally going to be a video of actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s speech to the United Nations on climate change–I chose this one because I think it’s time to move beyond recognition of the problems of climate change, discussion of what the problem is, and instead move toward talking about how we’re going to solve it. As a global society we’ve put that conversation off for far too long. The IPCC’s recommendations are a first step, but a necessary one. I believe strongly we must be proactive on the issue of climate change. We must make choices on how to solve it, or else our apathy and inaction will force certain choices upon us–ones that will invariably be much more painful than those we could have made.