14 Oct '16, 5pm

Bill McKibben: The Question I Get Asked the Most via @EcoWatch

Bill McKibben: The Question I Get Asked the Most via @EcoWatch

The questions come after talks, on twitter, in the days' incoming tide of email—sometimes even in old-fashioned letters that arrive in envelopes. The most common one by far is also the simplest: What can I do? I bet I've been asked it 10,000 times by now and—like a climate scientist predicting the temperature—I'm pretty sure I'm erring on the low side. "What can we do to make a difference?" The Thinker It's the right question or almost: It implies an eagerness to act and action is what we need. But my answer to it has changed over the years, as the science of global warming has shifted. I find, in fact, that I'm now saying almost the opposite of what I said three decades ago. Then—when I was 27 and writing the first book on climate change —I was fairly self-obsessed (perhaps age appropriately). And it looked like we had some time: No climate scientist in the late 1980s tho...

Full article: http://www.ecowatch.com/bill-mckibben-climate-change-2041...

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