Author Elizabeth Kolbert says fear, not morality, could impel people to act: “Fear is a very good motivator,” Kolbert said. “And if people are afraid that their kids are not going to have a future, they can be motivated.”
“We are already seeing the impact. We’re already seeing Antarctica start to go, and we aren’t even at 2 degrees yet,” Kolbert said. “Two degrees was always an arbitrary point. We are probably going to go over 2 degrees, but we can’t give up because that would mean an even greater level of disaster.”
'NDP (New Democratic Party) leader Thomas Mulcair has vowed to cut Canada's C02 emissions to half of what they were in 1990, by the year 2030. So why pick 1990 as a baseline? As I explain in my video, it all goes back to the Kyoto Protocol. Choosing that year was a trick that let certain countries get off the hook, while forcing others like Canada and the United States to lower their carbon emissions.'
UK Telegraph's Christopher Booker: 'The crucial reason why there will be no treaty (other than a meaningless fudge) is that those developing countries, led by India and China, are not going to have it.'
Redford: 'Flooding, drought, wildfires, and hurricanes – all you have to do is open your eyes to see the damage being done, and it’s going to get worse. We can no longer claim ignorance as an excuse for inaction. The jury is no longer out – climate change is real. It is not just a threat for the future, but happening here and now. And as Pope Francis so eloquently points out, climate change is a moral imperative that transcends politics.'