St. George residents may want to bring up some “inconvenient truths” with the new Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) chapter being formed in partnership with Conserve Southwest Utah.
Across the world people suffer due to climate change. Yet aid agencies are unable to secure sufficient funds to help them because, of the more than $1 billion spent globally every day on climate finance, only 6% of it goes to helping vulnerable people adapt to climate change today. The rest is spent on mitigation, trying to stop phenomena that might someday happen.
This is happening largely because groups like CCL promote the unfounded idea that we know that we can control our planet’s climate merely by regulating our carbon dioxide emissions.
Yet, reports such as those of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change illustrate that debate rages in the scientific community about the causes and consequences of climate change. We don’t even know whether warming or cooling lie ahead, let alone whether our activities have significant impact.
By focusing their activism on mitigation, CCL unwittingly encourages an ethical tragedy. It is the valuing of people yet to be born, those who might someday be affected by human-caused climate change, more than people who need help coping with real climate change today.
Tom Harris, B. Eng., M. Eng. (Mech.)
Executive director, International Climate Science Coalition
Ottawa, Ontario K2E 6L5, Canada