Turn off the AC this summer. Give them what they want.
I wonder how many have drivers licenses? The only way to stop using fossil fuels is to stop pumping it out of the ground. Let me know when the oil producing nations agree to that. I am all in favor of reasonable steps to shift to alternative energy. For the US to cripple itself stopping all emissions while the rest of the world continues to increase emissions is not reasonable. With a conservative estimated $50 to $75 trillion over 10 years, this would require our national budget to more than double for 10 years. From the current over $4 trillion to $9-$11.5 Trillion per year in taxation. And then someone will still charge us for the energy. Current revenue of the Federal government? $3.4 trillion.
OK children, I will give you everything you ask for. Tell me how.
We have made huge strides in energy conservation and reducing pollution since we were kids, cars are more fuel efficient, we’re transitioning from dirty coal to natural gas and renewables for electricity, we have more efficient heaters, air conditioners, windows, roofs, insulation, etc, etc,etc.
There is a cost to every change we make, by making small changes those costs are spread out, changing mpg standards over time allows people to gradually transition to the new standards rather than being left behind driving 20 year old gas guzzlers because they can’t afford a Tesla, over time the cost of a Tesla will come down and will become affordable but it hasn’t reached that level yet. We are making progress but it takes time.
I’d be curious how quickly minds would change if we turned off the dirty power plants tomorrow and dealt with rolling blackouts for a few weeks, no phones, no AC, no TV, no computers... shut down the oil refineries for a few weeks too and see how much people enjoy walking and biking everywhere they go.
I’m all for energy conservation, I drive a very fuel efficient car, upgraded my furnace/AC a few years ago, am even looking into solar panels for my roof (doesn’t quite justify the cost yet but close), and live in a city where we have citywide recycling. These are all positive steps, could we do more? Sure... but you risk skyrocketing prices. France tried what these kids want and they’ve had protests for months because people can’t afford the changes.
Slow and steady wins the race. As long we keep making incremental changes we’ll get there. Just in my lifetime it’s a world of difference. It may not be as fast as these kids want but it’s the only realistic way it can happen.
Referring to the US, the person said "we must acknowledge that we are responsible for nearly a third of the excess of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere today."
Come again? Please explain that claim.
High fives to these young people. I appreciate and applaud their effort and action.
I'm naive to think my protesting the War in Viet Nam on the National Mall may have helped stop that war. Hopefully, what these kids are doing will help our world conscience.
I am amazed that these "spokes people" can't get the facts right. The five major emitters—the United States, European Union, China, Russian Federation, and Japan— together contributed two-thirds of the world's historic CO2 emissions. The US is around 15%. They make no mention of China, who emits 2X that of the US. But that doesn't fit the narrative.
As much as I admire their resolve, and the sincerity of their message ... I'm sorry, kids, the adults of past generations have failed you miserably. They have every right to be angry and to demand action, because as the older generations die off, they are inheriting the mess we are leaving behind. We are beyond the tipping point where something could have been done about climate change. If you think what's happening now is bad, it's only going to get worse before it gets better. Honestly, not even our best scientists can predict what is going to happen with any degree of precision, because we've never been here before. They make postulate different scenarios - ocean levels rising, droughts, more frequent severe weather events, but we won't really know what the future looks like until we get there.
Odd that these rarely happen on a weekend.....
Is it ironic that they will protest how humans are hurting mother earth while having a smartphone in their hand?
They might want to postpone. All of the attention is going to other events in the world today.
Want to REALLY get their attention? Stop spending money!! They'll listen!
It is the height of irresponsibility to leave the coming generation to face the consequences of today’s inaction.