A vision of a sustainable future told through a compelling story is far more powerful than scientific facts and figures

Crafting a vision for the future

Imagine it’s the year 2050 and we’ve successfully been able to hold global warming below the 2°C threshold (and ideally 1.5°C) the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scientists have been warning us about.

What does that future world look like and feel like when you imagine it?

Are we more connected to nature or more connected to technology, or both?

How do we communicate and treat one another?

Do our political and economic systems function the same as they do now, or are they drastically different?

Is there more inequality than exists now or less?

Is it an extractive…

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Top Stories from Climate Conscious

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What kind of advanced species destroys its own home?

The (un)wiseness of our actions

Homo sapiens means “wise man”, but how wise are we really?

Sure, we discovered fire, designed the wheel, split the atom, sequenced our own genome, and landed on the Moon.

But we also lost half our wilderness, destabilized our climate, and are accelerating the sixth mass extinction. Not to mention, we’ve nearly destroyed ourselves several times now.

Would an advanced superior species actively go about destroying their own home and thus, themselves?

And when confronted with the devastating consequences of their actions, double down on them?

As just one example, the cumulative carbon dioxide emissions potential within current and planned…

If Biden is serious about dealing with climate change, then he’ll need to get to work quickly and take full advantage of his executive powers

Joe Biden has officially been inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States today, and consequently, will chart a course for this country not only for the next four years, but decades to come.

Many news outlets called the 2020 presidential election the most consequential in history. And such a statement was not unfounded. Indeed, when it comes to dealing with the threats posed by climate change which are numerous and significant, President Biden could mark a crucial turning point from the past four years under Donald Trump.

The real question will be just how far Biden will go…

A day that will certainly go down in the history books

January 6, 2021 will be a day for the history books. It is a day where America’s democracy was pushed to the brink of failure. Democracies are fragile things, not easily conceived and even harder to maintain.

It is a day where an unhinged man and the leader of the most powerful nation on earth, President Donald J. Trump, was directly responsible for purposefully misleading millions of citizens who voted for him into thinking the election was rigged and fraudulent, even though all evidence presented to federal and state courts could not back up these claims with even a single…

And exceeding 2°C isn’t far behind

Article 2 of the Paris Agreement signed in 2016 stated as one of its objectives: “Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change.”

However, the world is currently not on track to avoid 1.5°C of global warming, or 2°C for that matter. In fact, we are currently on track for 3°C of warming by 2100 compared to pre-industrial levels. …

Politics isn’t a sport. Yet we keep treating it that way.

Politics shouldn’t be about winning and beating the other side

People who love sports will often use phrases like “We beat them!” or “We won!” when talking about an opposing team. Except they always use the wrong pronoun. It’s not we; it’s they. You’re not on the team, so therefore you didn’t win anything. Nor does the team actually care about you, unless of course you’re buying tickets to see their games or buying their merchandise.

In America, politics has taken on this form of a team sport. The Republicans vs. the Democrats. Talk about a rivalry! Folks from either side can barely stand one another at this point. …

The one question that is never asked in any presidential debate — and probably never will

Foreign policy loses the spotlight

The third presidential debate is scheduled for today and the announced topics will cover the pandemic, race relations, climate change, national security, leadership, and families. In the past though, the final debate has typically focused on foreign policy. With all these topics to cover in today’s debate, foreign policy won’t receive as much attention as it normally would.

This is a shame as foreign policy is incredibly important, especially when it comes to the powers of the president. Understandably, there is less interest from the American public on foreign policy this year with a pandemic still raging out of control…

The fate of humanity rests on collective decision-making based on both sound scientific and moral judgement.

The devil wears many disguises

Imagine the following scenario:

A priest and a climate scientist are debating whether climate change can be attributed to human activity. The priest tells you that humans aren’t affecting the global climate and what we’re experiencing is just due to natural phenomena of which humans have no control. The climate scientist tells you that humans are affecting the global climate through emissions of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels and other human activity.

Who would you believe?

Now, put your shoes into the mindset of a highly religious individual who values their faith above all else. …

A life spent traveling the natural world only to see the natural world reduced to a fraction of what it once was

“This is now our planet, run by humankind for humankind. There is little left for the rest of the living world.” — David Attenborough, A Life On Our Planet

Seeing the world change around you

The opening scene of A Life On Our Planet is of the desolate wasteland of what was once the city of Pripyat in the Soviet Union (what is now located in Ukraine). The explosion at the nearby Chernobyl nuclear plant in 1986 led to the spread of radioactive particles that traveled hundreds of miles and, by some estimates, caused 90,000 deaths. …

Sean Youra

Engineer and climate activist | Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Climate Conscious | Envisioning a brighter future emerging from solutions to the climate crisis

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