The Paris Agreement on reducing global warming got everyone very excited. The leaders of the world came together and agreed on a deal that arguably helps and has some teeth. That is really good news. However, it’s not enough. And it is a topic too important to leave to politics.
This is where we are: We need to stop global warming to save the planet (cheesy, but true), and we have about 30 years to do it. Given the size of the task at hand, that is a very short amount of time. The good news is: we can do it. “We” meaning each one of us, individually.
Global warming is the struggle of our generation. Its effects are happening as you read: droughts, threatened harvests, rising sea levels, vanishing ecosystems, more extreme weather. There is more than enough scientific evidence that global warming is a man-made problem, linked to the rise in carbon emissions witnessed since the beginnings of the industrial era in the 19th century.
Sometimes, the vastness and complexity of the issue, the lack of progress, and the repeated apocalyptic messages can dull our senses or scare us into looking the other way. Let’s not let that happen. We don’t need to wait for others to sort this out. We can do our part – here and now.
You might be surprised at how much power we, as individuals, have to fight global warming, if we really care and make it a part of our everyday decisions. You can make a difference as a consumer, as a voter, as an investor, and as a professional. Here is my “Everyday Climate Warrior Guide:”