This week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is meeting in Paris to discuss the scientific data that determines to what extent climate change is a result of human activity. Their discussions are based around topics such as the changes in air/ocean temperatures, changes in ground ice coverage, and changes in sea levels. They are responsible for reporting information that expresses the position of the international scientific community in regard to global climate change. Their declaration includes the discussion of harmful consequences if no changes are inacted to current environmental policy as well as positive results that could be achieved should improvements be made.
According to international news sources, the Panel is expected to conclude that the climate change over the last century has “very likely” been a result of human action.
As the primary creators of these problems, we are responsible for solving them as well.
It’s time for governments around the world (as well as their citizens) to acknowledge the scientific truth backing the idea that human action has contributed greatly to climate change. No longer should it be a matter of debate. It’s time for these same governments to be proactive in creating policy that can slow and/or stop some of the harmful consequences associated with the international changing climate. Instead of each policy maker acting in his or her own best interest it’s time for these officials to work closely with one another and with the IO’s and NGO’s of the world to promote long run change.
Policy makers are often confronted with the lack of constituent support for inacting policies that will not produce results for many years to come. Policy aimed at stopping global climate change is one such type. The officials won’t still be in office when people can witness what transpires from these policies. The results positive results of such environmentally friendly policies may not be visable for 25, 50 or maybe even 100 years. The complete consequencial extent of our current destructive actions may not be either. I hope that future generations will be able to look back and thank us for the proactive stance we take against global warming. They are the ones that will suffer most from the actions we make today.