What if we would treat our earth like a high-risk asset?

This is a re-post from Maiken Winter, who first contributed it to the wiki for the Climate Project.   I will also be attending the Climate Change Summit in Nashville May 14 – 16, as one of the Canadian Climate Change presenters.  We will again be in for a full day of training personally with Al Gore (our first session was in Montreal last year), and then fully engaged in a number of really unique learning activities with other facilitators and presenters.  I am looking forward to the sessions that I will be taking part in:

  • Learning about cap and trade and carbon taxes
  • Learning about Canadian policy in global climate negotiations
  • Learning first-hand from a Google representative about how to use Google Earth to communicate climate change

If you would like to learn more about the summit, Read More About It…

 

Here is Maiken Winter’s commentary to another article she wrote today for the Clean Energy project on ..What are we aiming for?

Maiken asks…

Would you buy a present that has a 25% chance of breaking at first use?

Would you step into an airplane that has a 25% chance of crashing?

Would you acccept the building of a nuclear factory that has a 25% chance of exploding?

Silly questions! Of course not! And at least the latter would cause world-wide uproar, demonstrations, and laying off all responsible people.

Now let’s assume that earth has a 25% chance that it will warm by more than 2°C even under stringent emission reduction schemes. A warming by more than 2°C will likely trigger tipping points that might render our beautiful planet more or less uninhabitable for human civilization as it is today.

Would you accept such a risk as fact and go on with your life as usual?

Silly question! Of course not! This would cause world-wide uproar, demonstrations, and laying off all responsible people. Will it?

-Maiken Winter

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