The Nation magazine, in its current 150th anniversary issue, features an article entitled “3 Reasons to Be Optimistic About the Fight to Save the Climate.” Summarized quickly, here are the reasons:
- International leaders are starting to frame the debate and discussion of climate change in strongly moral language, which appeals more to peoples’ guts where political decisions are often made than do facts and statistics.
- Renewable energy sales and installations around the world are soaring well beyond expectations and in many cases much faster than even the most optimistic predictions.
- The coal industry — biggest criminal group in the continuation of the use of carbon-based fuels — is in serious financial trouble and shows every sign of being in decline, due in some small but growing part to calls for divestment of investments in fossil fuel companies.
I could go on to explain each of these points in more detail, but that’s what the article in The Nation does so well, so I’m going to shut up now and urge you to go read that excellent and optimistic piece now.