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The very fact that we're having this discussion, and that the Copenhagen talks failed and the Cancun talks are failing, is indicative that the movement to stop climate change by greatly reducing carbon emissions has failed. If countries (starting with the U.S.) had gotten serious about reducing carbon emissions just 10 years ago, we wouldn't even need to be having this discussion. And the U.S. needed to take the lead on this since we grew and got wealthy by polluting and morally needed to take the lead to transition out of fossil fuels.
I consider discussions on adaptation a waste of time.
Better to discuss is what will be the fate of civilization down the road with no action on global warming. I don't see action ever being taken to reduce carbon emissions.
I've also noticed, that as signs of global warming get more and more obvious, and failure to even start reducing carbon emissions continues, more and more people I know seem to be losing concern over globa warming. Ten years ago, I would have thought that the reverse would happen, that as signs of global warming became clearer, the political will to reduce carbon emissions woud become much stronger but, in fact, the reverse is happening. People seem to be rationalizing our changes in climate as a natural cycle, even those who previously believed that man may be affecting the climate. Maybe it's just too hard for people to want to believe that man is changing the climate this much.
Emily, please have a show with some ecotherapists on how to psychologically deal with climate change, and the knowledge that nothing is being done, and the serious consequences of that. There are some local Portland therapists that do have knowledge of this (Thomas Dougherty is one).
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