This is a post for Blog Action Day 09!
If the climate changes rapidly enough, the human race is finished. If the climate does not change quite that rapidly, we’ve got other problems.
For the sake of argument, let us assume that we are not beings in some religious pantheon, but are merely biological organisms of this Earth. If the climate changes, i.e. if nature as we know it no longer exists, then how are we to think of ourselves?
For our entire history we have lived within a climate that is amenable to us. Living in a new climate would be like living on an alien planet, without hope of returning to Earth. The problem is: we are not aliens, we’re Earthlings. If we are not Earthlings, what are we? Hence the problem of climate change is more than a problem of our survival, it is an existential problem of our species.
We don’t need any more existential problems, and since this is one preventable, lets do something about it.