“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” — Sir Robert Swan
We Need To Get Back On Track With Our Environmental Policies
Starting with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where its original mission was to protect and advocate on behalf of our natural environment, we need to fundamentally reverse the current misuse of the EPA and appoint a world-class environmentalist rather than a fossil fuel or chemical company executive, as is now the case. Additionally, we need to re-enter the Paris Climate Accords while simultaneously working to expand talks and push for even more meaningful and enforceable agreements, which also aim to reduce and sequester existing carbon from the atmosphere. We need to go beyond then just holding temperature increases as close as possible to where they are now, and reverse global warming back to more long-term sustainable levels.
That means taking our carbon that we have added to the atmosphere and putting it back into the earth from where it came, be it through reforesting, transforming our soil to farmland soil, restoring wetlands and peatlands, and increasing phytoplankton and fisheries, at the very minimum. Other measures include reducing food waste, promoting a plant-rich diet, protecting tropical forest, proper land management, regenerative agriculture, refrigerant management, encouraging the electrification of vehicles, sustainable home heating, distributed rooftop solar generation and the conversion of the power grid to zero-emissions energy sources. Even seemingly unrelated issues like educating all peoples globally and family planning are known to be an important part of the solution. And it is this type of full systems approach that we will need to reverse global warming and lead our planet towards long-term sustainability, for our generation and for future generations. Or else it will be too late.