Friday, January 11, 2013

James Cameron's statement on climate change

Director James Cameron spoke at the American Geophysical Union meeting last month in San Francisco. Here's some of what he had to say. There's more at the link below, but how's this for a sobering statement:
"What’s it going to be like when the number of wildland fires doubles or triples over the next half century? What’s it going to be like when we have these droughts? What’s it going to be like when the 100-year event becomes the every-year event, which is what we’re right on track for.

"The scientists have been consistently wrong about climate change in the following way: They’ve always been too conservative. The things that are really happening are happening faster than the predictions, than even some of the most pessimistic predictions. Scientists are human. They’re going to have a denial mechanism. They’re, in a way, almost hesitant to say how bad it could be because they don’t want to be considered alarmists. But it’s consistently coming out worse than even their dire case predictions. So when you’ve got the righ
twing demagogues saying that the scientists are wrong? Yeah, they’re wrong. They’re wrong the other way. It’s much worse than they’re saying."
Ok, this is me now, not James Cameron: Can you believe that there are STILL people who say that climate change is not happening (have they stepped outside lately?), or it's not us, or even worse - that it's it's too big and hard to do anything about? It's time to move past these people, and make some big bold changes. Let's make policies and elect officials and choose energy providers and everything else we need to do individually and as a nation to go from fossil fuels to all renewables. That's it. That's what we need to do. We will need a full-on combination of government, industry and the free market to make this change work. The alternative is much much worse, so let's enjoy life, and let's get to work!