Though this seems like common sense, global climate change is an issue that affects everybody. Likely the largest problem we as a people and planet face, it definitely needs to be taken and addressed more seriously, not only by governments and companies, but by every individual including you and me. This human induced accelerated climate change not only affects everybody and everything, but is only a problem because of the irresponsible actions people have taken and continue to take and, subsequently, its devastating effects can only be avoided if we all collectively as humans act, ambitiously and immediately, to solve it.
I unfortunately am guilty of not engaging in the most sustainable practices. I often drive to work when public transit is readably and easily available; I am sure I could make a stronger attempt at recycling; and I am sure I can make more water and power conscious decisions around the house. I believe that I share this with many others and that this is the most significant challenge to urban sustainability. It is our lifestyle that is the greatest obstacle to saving the planet. It is a consumer culture where wasteful actions habits seemingly receive no immediate, visible, direct or even any repercussions. We have seen recent steps taken toward emission reduction, such as the COP21 in Paris, aimed to greatly curb carbon emissions. According to the New York Times’ article “What a climate change agreement means for the world,” it was the greatest step taken toward saving the planet. According to TriplePundit, coal power plants will decrease their electricity production in the near future. Of course, if everybody reduced our electricity consumption today onward, anthropogenic climate change would be minimized.
TriplePundit. “The COP21 Climate Agreement: What Does It Mean for the United States?” http://www.triplepundit.com/2016/01/cop21-climate-agreement-mean-united-states/
Gillis, Justin. “What does a climate deal mean for the world?” New York Times. Dec 15, 2015. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/12/science/What-Does-the-Climate-Deal-Mean.html?rref=collection%2Fnewseventcollection%2Fun-climate-change-conference&_r=1