One of the most used arguments against Climate Change action is that is quite “expensive”, and it will be, bnecause important changes will have to be made in many aspects of our economy and life. We will be able to get less objects and services with the same effort, so, in practice, we will be poorer in average.
However, Climate Change will be very costly too, even more than changing our cheap carbon economy as explained by Tony Blair.
And some costs are not so easy to account, for example a massive oil spill in the ocean. Who will pay all these destruction? Can it be paid
Nevertheless, the real problem is more about time than about total cost. Climate Change avoiding or softening strategies have to be paid now, at least start to be paid now and the consecuences will come later, some are just perceivable but the most severe and “expensive” are one or two generations ahead. And we are not used to save for so long.
If/when you are convinced that climate change menace is real and the risk is very important, one of the most relevant questions is what can I do?
Of course, there is not a single or simple answer, there are many evident possibilities as:
- Stay informed about the issue.
- Talk about it with family, friends, neighbours. Discuss about the importance of the subject. The more people convinced about it the easier will be taking difficult measures.
- Collaborate with campaigns, associations, … related with CC and/or support them.
- And something very important, live in a more sustainable way. Important but difficult in many cases. Many small decisions affect, nearly anything may be related to CC in some aspect for example the choice between ebook or paper book or , even the icelandic volcano can be understood from CC point of view. This is one of the obsessions of people worried by this problem like me and a great sport for many webs .
And, of ocurse, if we are able to change our lifes we will have made a big step but not everybody is equally convinced, even if he/her is supportin CC strugle. Changing everyday lifes is not easy for anyone and we have many things to think about, so I think that making priorities is a key issue because not all the presonal choices have the same effect and we need real changes to endorse this long-term global chalenge