One of the best features of the American system of government is that it provides for more than one way to skin the proverbial cat. If one level of government isn’t doing its job to solve a problem, others can step in and tackle it, however imperfectly. We’re seeing this pattern once again with climate change. Since the feds show no inclination to take the sort of bold action that so many organizations—like 1Sky, to pick one at random—are calling for, the states are filling the void.
Here’s a compelling illustration of just how far ahead of the feds the states have moved: The Sea Studios Foundation has produced a compelling 14-minute movie called “Ahead of the Curve,” which chronicles what the states are doing to tackle climate change. It’s definitely worth checking out.
The insurance industry is one of the largest in the world, with yearly revenues around $3 trillion. Put another way: If the insurance industry were a country, it would have the third largest economy in the world. This year, Ernst & Young’s report on business risk cited climate change as the greatest threat to the industry with “long-term, far-reaching” and significant negative impacts.
There’s a misconception among many that the climate change movement is made up exclusively of environmentalist. Nothing could be further from the truth: In fact, our movement draws from a wide variety of communities and social movements, including the religious community. Throughout our history, communities of faith have always been at the forefront of sweeping social change. Why should climate change be any different?
Oil is nearing $120/barrel, food prices are going up, ice sheets six times the size of Manhattan are falling off of Antarctica, and election season is in full swing. Now, more than ever, our politicians will respond to big problems with short term pandering.