If you agree that climate change is an existential danger – a genuine supervillain that threatens everything, from food supplies to national security – then it’s your responsibility to find out what any potential lawmakers up for election think about it.
It isn’t just the scientific consensus over climate change that these ambitious men and women are increasingly accepting. A vast volume of academic research has confirmed that establishing a carbon-cutting frameworks will bring with it huge economic benefits, technological prosperity, and energy independence. International agreements, if acted upon, will make the world more peaceful.
Some politicians have long accepted climate change as a scientific fact and have, to the benefit or detriment of their careers, let the world know. However, even the most callous and selfish lawmakers know that once enough of the public get on board with an idea – civil rights, same-sex marriage, evolution and, yes, climate change – they will have to go with the flow or face expulsion.
Right now, the world is on the cusp of an intellectual revolution. Climate change deniers are rapidly beginning to be considered the new flat-Earthers. Yes, there are major political parties and unscrupulous media outlets that officially still have their fingers in their ears, but they are on the wrong side of history.
So go on, be part of that critical mass. Get up, head to a polling station, and vote for politicians that will act on this monumental problem. You’ll literally be saving the world if you do.
Alaskan glaciers are in full retreat. Vote for politicians that care to stop them disappearing entirely. USGS