The challenge of our times: Responsibility

Al Gore gave his Nobel acceptance speech today. It is a clear call for action on global warming. Read it at his blog, Al’s Journal : Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech.

Now comes the threat of climate crisis – a threat that is real, rising, imminent, and universal. Once again, it is the 11th hour. The penalties for ignoring this challenge are immense and growing, and at some near point would be unsustainable and unrecoverable. For now we still have the power to choose our fate, and the remaining question is only this: Have we the will to act vigorously and in time, or will we remain imprisoned by a dangerous illusion?

There is vast opportunity in this challenge. The countries that pioneer clean energy, instead of subsidizing polluting technologies in the interest of protecting lifestyles, will have better futures—economically and in terms of quality of life—to pass along to the next generation. The illusion we are trapped by today is the notion that a response to global warming is a step backward. It is the essential step forward, to prosperity and planetary health. We must take responsibility for all the costs of our lifestyles by pricing carbon and fully accounting for the damage done, so that this responsibility translate into an impetus for action.

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Author: Mitch Ratcliffe

Mitch Ratcliffe is a veteran entrepreneur, journalist and business model hacker. He operates this site, which is a collection of the blogs he's published over the years, as well as an archive of his professional publishing record. As always, this is a work in progress. Such is life.