Wednesday, March 9, 2011

What is the key to success in tackling climate change?

Climate change presents a huge threat to human well being. There are many people wondering why are world leaders doing so little to save us from seeing the worst of climate change. International climate talks are always just talks and nothing else, and such strategy will definitely not be enough to tackle climate change. What we need is an immediate action, and not more talks and false promises.

Many scientists will agree that the best way to tackle climate change is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, most notably carbon dioxide (CO2 emissions). In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions we need to first identify the main cause of these emissions.

The main cause of greenhouse gas emissions is fossil fuels burning. World economy still heavily relies on fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas), and as long as fossil fuels remain dominant sources of energy we won't have any chance to successfully tackle climate change.

What's the alternative to fossil fuels? The answer is quite simple, namely the renewable energy. If world would to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy sources this would reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that end up in earth's atmosphere, and stop climate change from going totally out of control.

So what's the problem then? Well, besides the fact that some people still do not believe in climate change there is also the problem regarding the reliability of renewable energy, namely renewable energy technologies are still not developed enough to reliably deliver enough power needed to satisfy a global economy.

Renewable energy is also more expensive option compared to fossil fuels, and not many people are willing to pay higher energy bills, because to many people money is still more important than saving our planet from huge environmental catastrophe.

The key to success in tackling climate change is basically in changing the ethical values of our society. World has to stop its blind faith in money because there are things much more important than money like for instance our environment, or in general our planet.

Climate change has the potential to completely destroy our way of life and people should be really asking themselves what's the use in having all the money in the world if you don't have nothing to spend it on?

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