Isn’t it strange how little governments seem to be doing towards combating climate change? Apart from a few EU member states, there are hardly a handful of countries having climate change as a priority on their political agendas.
The reason: Action against climate change is expensive; and while the money spent in the form of public funds or direct costs/taxes is very tangible, its effects are gradual and rather invisible. You really can’t feel the difference between 75 and 80 ppm CO2. Given the relatively short terms that governments have in power, they don’t want to risk losing their popularity and public support.
If we want our governments to take a tough stand on climate change, WE need to communicate that clearly. That includes pushing for political commitment on the issue as well as lending support with a long-term perspective, removing the short-term glasses we currently have on.