Recognizing that human activity, the rise of industrialism, has been the leading contributor to the rise in global temperature, is the first step to creating and employing effective techno and socio-technological fixes before reaching catastrophic points. Now is the opportunity to change the global tendency to be reactionary to becoming proactive in both preserving and healing our environment and atmosphere.
Contrary to the majority of techno and socio-techno fixes that have developed in the past decade focusing on how to address the effects of climate change, the focus should move toward mitigating the rise of temperature in general. There has been great discussion regarding attempts to trap emissions lower in the atmosphere before the o-zone is further affected. I personally do not see how this is sustainable and could not come with myriad negative consequences even short-term let alone long-term. Creating a sense of responsibility and giving the independent power to smaller group, such as indigenous peoples and local communities, to implement approaches and policy of climate change mitigation would both strengthen the societal focus and improve the thought processes behind said fixes (IPCC Headlines p. 3).
Regardless of the “age” of the research behind climate change, there is a plethora of undeniable statistics showing the rise in temperature and its contributors. Furthermore, I truly can’t understand the value of claiming that something is too young and therefore shouldn’t be focused on as we continuously see the repercussions of remaining reactive. Why not push to understand and address something before potential catastrophe?