Johnny Townsend: Many Democrats are conservationists with a strong belief in science, but even they don’t seem able to apply what they observe happening in nature to their own lives.
Johnny Townsend: We have to ask ourselves if giving up hamburgers or Hummers or holidays in Paris is a greater loss of comfort than living with increasingly severe droughts, floods, hurricanes, wildfires, and crop failures.
Walter Moss: Yet, if we care about our future and that of our kids and grandkids (and who, whether Republican or Democrat, does not?), we must get out and vote in the upcoming mid-term elections. And if our caring is enlightened, we will vote Democratic.
John Peeler: Our children and grandchildren—those who survive—will look back on Trump’s and conservatives’ response to global climate change; they will see that we knew what had to be done, and our leaders flatly refused to do it.
Adam Eran: The conventional narrative is that there’s some zero-sum game where environmentalists wins come at the expense of job losses, but that’s manifestly not true.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: The costs of not acting are high. The benefits of investing in a clean energy economy would be widespread. We need to keep building the movement.
Steve Hochstadt: New discoveries constantly show that what we think we understand about nature is not quite right.
Johnny Townsend: Maybe trying to slow down and reverse global warming is like a deluded patient taking snake oil to cure their ALS. We’re just kidding ourselves to think there is anything we can do.
Mel Gurtov: Every world leader who shrinks from directly addressing this situation through public and international policy is, to my mind, guilty of a crime against humanity.
Frank Fear: We experienced Americans who reject science, use “alternative facts” to explain phenomena, and politicize a subject by turning it upside-down and inside-out.
Jessica Davison: Unluckily, we can’t reverse the effects of human beings’ activities on the climate of the earth. However, we can decelerate the climatic changes.
Rivera Sun: If we can think years ahead in this ticking time bomb of a self-destructive system, then why can we not envision another world and commit to the journey-quest of getting there?
Mel Gurtov: It is almost beyond belief that at the very moment national and international action to combat climate change is most urgent, the Trump administration is not just backing away but actively contributing to the problem.