“It is in progressive conversation to determine that climate change has placed a profound risk to the nation and the world,” stated on February 25, 2013. Climate Change is just as important then as now. It is interesting to look back at your earlier works and predictions to understand how I saw the world before the conversations of today peaked. I stated in 2013, “Those in close corners that speak of climate as a anomaly or unsubstantiated cause may consider the probability of increasing harm to the infrastructure, security, health and safety to the nation.” It is now a focus to understand the reality and impact of climate change on our civilization.
The view point from “U.S. Government Risks Financial Exposure from Climate Change – GAO” reported by Reuters and Scientific American and now LANDSDS and myself that “government promoted by then President Obama to have Congress to push legislation to support the risk of climate impact on the U.S. is a struggle amidst the debt crisis that may be placed on the back burner.” Again, it is critical to look at debt and climate as inextricably linked. The cost to climate change can be measured today but the future impacts will be paid by our children’s children. The substantial cost in the loss of species, land mass and clean air amidst water and soil erosion. These challenges sound small when spoken but they are catastrophic when they occur. The next wave is the loss of people and cultures wiping out generations to come.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) under President Obama said, “The U.S. government is at high risk of financial exposure from climate change.” And now youth have taken the mantle such as leading advocate Greta Thunberg shared,
“We are facing a disaster of unspoken suffering for enormous amounts of people,” Thunberg said at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January. “Solving the climate crisis is the greatest and most complex challenge that homo sapiens have ever faced.” reported by USA Today.
The GAO reported in 2013 that “Climate change is a complex, crosscutting issue that poses risks to many environmental and economic systems — including agriculture, infrastructure, ecosystems, and human health — and presents a significant financial risk to the federal government.”
These words still have prominence today. The role of government and agencies are to see the hazards and security issues that effect nations and come together for solutions. Climate Change is not a word to used but out into actionable steps.
The question is what if this is far less important than projected?
The answers to address these areas are still important:
- energy efficiency,
- waste controls,
- carbon emission cutting,
- reduction in pollution and
- safety solutions for green areas .
The actions of today in these areas will save lives, costs and reduce risks.
I note that “In history the long view to not act has been met with resistance and persistent producing extenuating events. The risk of non-action on climate will impact infrastructure, life and the cost to doing business. The inability to avoid climate has an exponential costs that with sustainability planning, measurement and management can and will reduce other potential acts.
“Climate is not a consideration to be taken lightly when the costs to non-action is high. “The cost to non-action will continue to produce a reaction to events.“