That we’re not so concerned about our fellow man as many of us profess.
That we are far more concerned about our immediate self-interests than those of future generations.
That just being smart and powerful doesn’t mean you get to have a future.
That our , unencumbered by politics and a lifelong addiction to fossil fuels, understand the perils of more than we adults do.
That we’ll discover when the Trump administration finally goes away that our environment is than we hoped, and we will have to scramble faster to get greenhouse gas emissions down to prevent major catastrophes.
That leaving our science and our morality to the markets (which got us into this mess) is the worst way to address Climate Change.
That we are leaving our children with a mess with little more than excuses to offer them as an explanation.
That despite 30, 000 years as a distinct species we cannot distinguish between real threats and threats we have manufactured in our minds.
That the resiliency built up in our environment over billions of years has been squandered by our treatment of our environment, making it very difficult for our life-support system to bounce back as our climate becomes more disruptive.
That we still cannot differentiate between the previous climate changes our species adapted to and the present that is quickly and drastically changing the world that our species (now over 7 billion) thrived in for 10,000 years.
That by closing our borders and refusing to work with other nations to address this worldwide crisis, we are far more comfortable fighting old battles that will put us deeper into peril, rather than thinking through this worldwide crisis and working together to solve it.
That our species is still incapable of prioritizing our collective efforts towards a sustainable future.
That despite all evidence to the contrary, most of us are still planning for a future that cannot be.
That too many of us think we personally can avoid the worst consequences of Climate Change, even knowing most people won’t.
That we have an almost infinite capacity to avoid evidence that we don’t want to accept, while inversely scouring for schemes we want to accept, no matter how spectacularly false.
That by denying or refusing to understand science, we’ll be exempt from its laws.
That merely our present economy (which has brought us to this existential Climate Change) will solve all the problems coming with this warming.
That there’s a quick technological fix for Climate Change, when this crisis is far more complicated than a little warmup.
That if you just green up your life, we’ll address this worldwide crisis.
That despite bringing ourselves to the brink of extinction, most of us think our way of life is still worth pursuing unchanged.
That we still think we can vote Climate Change out of existence.