Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Right Crisis

The real crisis is not the crisis of climate change.  That crisis is already happening.  The crisis is the crisis that is screaming to be created and at present does not exist.  That crisis is the crisis that will come into existence only once we have promised to effectively mitigate the existing crisis, i.e. to ensure that the global temperature increase will not exceed 2 degrees Celsius.  This new crisis will be fomented by planting firmly in our future the promise of limiting the temperature increase to 2 degrees and working back from that future, rather than the current strategy of working from the past.

What is missing is the promise to limit the temperature increase to 2 degrees.  Absent that promise, the crisis that is wanted and needed will remain un-fomented, and with that, the tremendous and critical opportunities afforded by that crisis.

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