When you think of the future, what do you imagine for yourself? Perhaps a comfortable home environment, enjoyable, meaningful work, a vacation in the sun with your sweetheart. Perhaps you want to start a family, send your kids to a good school, bring them on a whale-watching adventure. We want those things for ourselves–-and for you! But unless we all focus our attention immediately on what we call “Job One for Humanity,” we may have to settle for much less interesting activities: struggling to eat, finding land where we can live with the people we love, fighting for survival.
If we want to do all the fun stuff (yoga retreats in Bali, teaching our kids about polar bears) then we need to find a way to lessen our human caused greenhouse gas emissions, which are causing the average global temperature to rise to really dangerous levels. This is Job One for Humanity, and we can do it! We can step up to the challenge. And in doing so, we can create a world that’s actually much better than it is now. So let’s get creative here, and keep our eyes on the first and foremost prize: the physical planet we now know and love, still intact--many, many years from now.