Even if the chances are something small like 0.1% or 1% or 5% that human-caused global warming/climate change is
3. and there is something we can do about it
It is still worth taking action because it’s not that hard to take action and the risk that it is real is HUGE
GREAT EXPLANATION ON YOUTUBE:
“Our programming has led us to where we are. Evolution, survival of the fittest, competitiveness. All this was good for the first 99 percent of human existence. But now we need a new kind of mind, one that does not view the self as all-important. It’s such a foreign idea, so hard to explain in words, precisely because our minds were designed to reject the idea of personal sacrifice. Our goal, which was a good one from an evolution standpoint, was to suck up as much resources as we can, so our offspring will have a better chance when fighting with nature, and competing against the other people’s offspring. This can no longer be the way we do things.”
“In sum, we’re in the middle of three “climate changes” at once: one digital, one ecological, one geo-economical.” Thomas Friedman
Another obvious preference in this age of increasingly common violent rain storms in New England are 2 preferences when building:
1. largish overhangs (ideally applied after doing air-sealing on exterior sheathing)
2. windows with screens on the inside (casement vs double hung)
The issue being that it’s a little annoying not being able to look out one’s windows for hours after a 20 minute 2″ rain storm because one’s window screens are soaked. Granted, it doesn’t happen that often, so not sure it’s worth worrying about too much, but if one is on the fence, it’s something to consider.
Is avoiding a 2 degrees C rise “impossible” or is it “difficult but doable” — “…scientists have been dramatically soft-peddling the implications of their research”
Naomi Klein in Russell Brand’s New Statemen issue: http://www.newstatesman.com/2013/10/science-says-revolt
Hans Rosling: The magic washing machine — one of the best TED talks I’ve seen (or via youtube) He divides the world into 4 groups. Below the poverty line. (fire people) Below wash line (bulb people). Below air line (wash people). And the rest (the air people) And it’s a zero-sum sustainability game so the dots need to be distributed somehow. Are you going to deny a washing machine to the rest of the world?