Climate change is a problem that we aren’t naturally equipped to solve. We must change how we frame sustainability to create real solutions.

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In our day-to-day lives we have a limited amount of time and energy to use for our activities and thoughts. For most of us, that time is spent at work, raising children, cooking, cleaning, eating, or sleeping. Most people on Earth simply do not have the time to think about problems that are much larger than themselves or their families. On the list of priorities — for most people — climate change is ranked very low, if it makes the list at all.

We can sympathize with anyone who is in that situation as everyone has experienced it at one…

What is the Carbon-Economic Link?

The carbon-economic link is the relationship that economic output and carbon emissions have. For individual nations, this can be thought of as GDP’s dependence on GHG emissions. When reporting on Climate Change activities, this factor is often overlooked. Yet it is one of the most critical factors that need to be considered when determining a society’s overall sustainability. Breaking the carbon-economic link will be necessary to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions without disrupting economic growth.

A Bit of Historical Context

Since the Agricultural Revolution, social progress has been measured by material and economic output. The more food and goods a…

Those who have contributed the most to climate change have to do more than cut carbon emissions to help solve the climate crisis.

The harshest effects of climate change are felt by those who contribute the least. Photo by Jamal Dawoodpoto on Unsplash

Living in the Western World, we usually identify as the keepers of the world order. We are the wealthiest, the most powerful, and the most influential society in the world. During the time of European Colonialism, the nations of Europe became extremely wealthy. That wealth was gained by exploiting new lands and people. The gap between wealthy nations and poor ones became even more prominent during the Industrial Revolution. The West industrialized their economies, became manufacturing powerhouses, educated their citizens, improved living standards, and in turn were able to further industrialize. This cycle continued for the next 200 years. In…

The story of human history is long and complicated. In our short amount of time, we have made a permanent impression on the planet. We have been able to change the planet so much that the evidence of our society will live long in the fossil record. We are currently living in the geological era of the Anthropocene.

Nature to be protected or resources waiting to be extracted? It’s up to us

As a species, humans have been a tour-de-force on the planet — in case anyone thought our impact on the planet is a recent phenomenon. We’ve been changing the face of the planet ever since our ancestors took their first steps out…

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