The 2018 National Climate Assessment was published on Black Friday and it’s important that we don’t let that bury it. https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/downloads/
Now that it has been a few days, I’d like to bring it up again.
There is something in there for everyone:
- Think it’s not going to happen? It already is and it is now too late to avoid any negative effects, but there ARE ways to mitigate damages. The science is clear and the reality of man-made climate change is not debatable.
- Think we’re already doing enough? We have cut back on emissions some which is great, but all projections say that it is not nearly enough.
- Motivated by preserving human life? Projections all predict that doing nothing will put thousands of American lives at risk each year (not to mention non-americans, but it DOES say “National” in the title).
- Motivated by money? It will cost some to make changes and preparations, but doing nothing will cost significantly more in damage, and will destroy the economy by killing many industries, hurting others, and draining federal funds in just about every way imaginable. I am not exaggerating. Funding climate research and hardening infrastructure to the changes and dangers that we know are coming will both create jobs and save money in the long run.
This is something that we should all be on the same page about by now and it should not be a political issue.
If you are still on the fence about whether or not we should be worrying about climate change, PLEASE ask questions to clear up whatever it is that you don’t understand. I am not a climate scientist, but I know quite a bit. I will do my best to answer questions with no judgment or find someone for you that can.
We are all in this together and it’s long past time that we start acting like it.