Thursday, January 15, 2009

What if Climate Change is Not an Energy Problem?

I just got finished reading a thought provoking article at about climate change. The author makes a very valid argument that climate change needs to be addressed in a more holistic manner (which we would probably all agree on). He states that "contrary to conventional wisdom, climate change is not actually primarily an energy problem, and by thinking of it as an energy problem, we risk making huge mistakes in the coming years." Instead, he goes on to discuss how smarter growth and changing our habits are the key issues at hand.

It's always nice to read about solutions (especially ones with a broader scope) rather than more doom and gloom, although I wonder if it's too late for the massive changes we would need at that scale. Well, even if it is too late, I'd rather see us try with every ounce we have in us than continue this stalemate existence it feels like we are in.

Its worth a read, so if you feel like it, pop on by:


  1. I hate to be a pessimist here, but I don't know we can get enough people to make the serious changes needed to turn us around. I'd love to see us try with every ounce too, but to have that kind of scale, we need the powerful to step up and force us to change. Humans are a lazy bunch I'm afraid, and also ignorant.

    I'm seriously scared for our future. Knowing what we are doing, minute by minute, day by day to our planet. We are addicted to plastics, nuclear power, coal-burning, fossil fuels, etc. And we are killing ourselves ever more quickly by being so.


  2. I would tend to agree with you Jaime. If our current action is any indication, we are probably screwed. Seems like it's going to take a major crisis for people to start changing. That said, I also don't want to give up hope and I will continue to do what I can as one person. If a critical mass of "one persons" all decide to makes changes, then we will have a good start. But, we will have to see how that plays out. Only time will tell.

  3. This is a topic I'm really interested in, thanks for the link! Also, I loved the graffiti example you shared, what a great statement.