The Carbon Crisis

Put a price on pollution!

Norway, Finland, Australia, China, Ireland, the United Kingdom. These are all first world countries and major competitors with the US in the global market. They are also nations that share similar models to ours when it comes to quality of life: comfort, luxury, and abundance. Yet there is one major difference, and it’s something that we are lacking: an understanding that we do not have the right to tamper with the global environment, yet we do have the ability to save it. We may be ahead in terms of industry, but we are years behind in terms of science and innovation.

Climate change is a natural phenomenon, BUT the unsustainable rate that the climate is currently changing at is entirely human-caused – 97% of the world’s scientists say so. Public enemy number one: the burning of fossil fuels. Beneath the ground lies oil and coal, the battery pack of modern industrial society. When burned into the atmosphere, the rate of climate change increases. The amount of fossil fuels that these industries have access to will create 5x beyond the limit of carbon that the atmosphere can handle – the limit alone will result in a global temperature increase of 2 degrees.

People should not have the freedom to destroy the planet.”

In the US we spend billions every year cleaning up the messes made by climate-caused disasters – no longer called “natural disasters.” But all the gas companies see are the trillions of profitable dollars buried underground. There have to be repercussions. The nations listed above know this, and now tax carbon pollution. So why haven’t we? There are social and business incentives to doing this, yet corruption and close-mindedness still stand in the way. Here’s a clip – narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio – elaborating on the carbon conundrum. It’s the first episode in a series called Green World Rising, Leo’s latest media outreach intended to make these issues – and their solutions – public knowledge. Enjoy, learn, and support!

Allison Beauregard

Allison is a New York City based writer with a focus on sustainability. Her work demonstrates how it is possible to have the “things” that make us happy without compromising the resources that provide these goods. With this vision, Allison sees a future where environmental degradation is reversed and the quality of human life is equally distributed. She is the Category Editor of The Franklin Report and was among the top 5 contributors for Elephant Journal in October 2014.

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