It’s about time. Serious concern about the impacts of climate change on the economy and the environment and the urgent need for action have finally taken over.
Consider: As new head of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde declared that the planet will be “toasted, roasted, and grilled” in 50 years if we don’t act to curb climate change. Next week’s session of the United Nations will feature several sessions on climate change, thanks in part to Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who sailed to New York, rather than take a carbon-spewing plane, to dramatize the issue. And on Friday, Sept. 29, millions of students in 150 countries worldwide, with the full support of parents and teachers, will walk out of their classrooms to demand action on climate change — and have invited grown-ups to join them by walking off their jobs.
Yes, it’s about time. Everybody gets it. Even President Trump. Even Trump has launched an all-out war on climate change. The problem is, he’s got it backwards. He’s launched an all-out war to speed up climate change, not slow it down. He’s waging a deliberate, destructive and diabolical war to make climate change worse by seeking out and wiping out every action taken to mitigate the effects of climate change over the past 20 years.
It started, of course, in June 2017, when Trump announced he would pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord. We now stand alone as the only country on the planet that refuses to join the global campaign to fight climate change, even though, according to Vox, we are “biggest, baddest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet.”