To the editor:
Those not currently busy fleeing fire and wind and water brought down upon them by weather resulting from carbon-induced climate change may fearfully wonder: Can anything be done?
The answer is yes, and those things are described in a book edited by Paul Hawken published earlier this year entitled “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.” (Available as an e-book through the Greenwood Public Library.)
Also, there is a policy promoted by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (There’s an Indianapolis chapter) called Carbon Fee and Dividend to put a price on carbon. The CCL-commissioned study by the widely-respected Regional Economic Models shows we could in 20 years reduce carbon emissions to 50 percent of 1990 levels while adding 2.8 million jobs to the American economy. See details at citizensclimatelobby.org.
This policy, as Hawken states in an interview with Citizens Climate Lobby executive directive Mark Reynolds, would accelerate the effect of every solution described in Drawdown.
So again, yes — there are things we can do, in fact must do, and the sooner the better.