We Americans aren't so different from each other after all when it comes to the way we view the world. It would be nice if pundits and politicians would stop trying to reinforce the differences between us and start trying to bring us together. Climate change recognition and adaptation would be a good place to start.
We all want to curb pollution for the sake of our Spaceship Earth, but various factors limit our effectiveness in doing that. Here's a rundown and a new way of looking at things that will help.
There are many tipping points that will indicate to us that we will suffer runaway global warming, with nothing we can do about it. There are also many choices that we can make as a society to prevent those tipping points from being reached. It's worthy of our effort to know what those remedial activities are, and throw our support behind making them a reality.
Governmental diplomacy doesn't always work. In those cases, ordinary citizens can accomplish vital roles. The Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy has been accomplishing 'citizen diplomacy' for a long time now, with significant results. Check them out.
We now understand the dangers of burning fossils. However, there are different degrees of danger, depending on the fuel, and we understand these differences. Unfortunately, to some degree we've embraced the fracking of natural gas as a solution. It probably isn't.
We built our civilization partly on the energy produced by dams. This has had an unintended consequence--species extinction. One of these species includes salmon--the protein lifeblood of the Pacific. We've been able to remove many of the dams that threaten these vital species, but we need to do better. Here's what we've accomplished. How can we do better?