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.”
“If the current rate of emissions continues, children born this year could live to see parts of the Eastern seaboard swallowed by the ocean,” Kagan wrote in her dissent. ...
Kagan said the dangers of rising temperatures and, as a result, devastating environmental effects, including, "Rising waters, scorching heat, and other severe weather conditions [that] could force ‘mass migration events[,] political crises, civil unrest,’ and even state failure.'"