An Optimist’s Guide to Solving Climate Change and Saving the World

It is easy to be come overwhelmed at the constant barrage of bad news about climate change, pollution and other byproducts of traditional industry and modern society. This article explores the reality of what is going on today.

We asked experts what policies they would put in place to fight climate change and got some unexpected answers. Imagine, for a second, that the debate on climate change is over. Donald Trump is no longer president, of course. The political and economic influence of the fossil fuel industry is in freefall, climate change denial is an absurdity from the past that only your grandparents still talk about, and every political and business leader on the planet has made slowing global temperature rise their single most important goal. What would it be like to live in that world? Probably your mental landscape includes more solar panels and wind turbines, highways full of electric cars, energy-efficient buildings, the replacing of dirty fuels with less damaging alternatives. If that’s the case, you could be ignoring a huge part of the solution. Cleaner technology is essential if we are to have any kind of long-term future. But it’s only one piece of a transition with potential to restructure our planet-ravaging economic system and the toxic politics the system has created. Unbeknownst to most people, even those who follow climate change closely, this transition is already underway. Over the past few weeks I […]

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