Climate change exacerbates the weather phenomena around the world in different ways. We get plenty of snow, somewhere else there are more hurricanes. Climate change also seems to exacerbate opinions on what we could do about it.
We know that the greenhouse gases already released
into the atmosphere will warm up and change our climate for a long time
to come, even if we were to stop emitting them right now. Currently, the
emissions just keep on rising. Is there anything we could still do to
combat climate change?
Doctor Mayer Hillman does not spare his words in an interview to the Guardian.
According to him, we will have to accept that because of climate change
much of life on Earth will be destroyed – including us humans. He does
not believe that there is any sense in keeping up hope. Instead, he
recommends the opposite: let us give up hope! We will be destroyed. When
we admit that we are doomed, we can wake up. He believes that accepting
that we are doomed could make humanity rather like an individual who
learns that they are dying. Only by admitting that we are terminally
ill, can we start acting as people who learn that the Grim Reaper is
approaching. We will start trying to prolong our lives. We will start to
actually combat climate change.
Hillman’s views are not mainstream science. Yet many scientists
working with climate change have lost their hope in combatting climate
change with political decisions. Many find that we will have to start
reflecting on other ways. One key way is changing the climate with the
help of technology – geoengineering.
Ice researchers at the Arctic Centre, Professor John C. Moore and Doctor Rupert Gladstone with their colleagues published a comment
on one of the opportunities in the journal Nature. As the polar caps
melt, the sea levels will rise everywhere. According to them, we could
buy time by preventing the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica from
flowing into the oceans. In their comment, the researchers suggest
various means of carrying this out.
I think the approach adopted by the mainstream researchers is the
right one. We must invest in political processes, but we must also
examine the methods of geoengineering. Taking action against climate
change is not as sluggish as one could imagine by observing only Trump,
Putin and Xi. Even though Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Climate
Agreement, people in the U.S. are constantly working to combat climate
change in states, cities and companies. Climate lawsuits filed against
governments are soaring.
The game is not over! We do have hope!