A new study suggests inventive and innovative ways to decarbonize the planet—all of which revolve around the concept of sustainable energy.
Many experts believe that it is still feasible to halt climate change. It all depends on the actions taken now to get the planet to net-zero.
The report, printed in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States (PNAS), details a half dozen tipping dynamics or interventions, that could play the role of catalysts to inspire rapid societal and technological change to ensure a more sustainable future.
The study advises a concerted effort to render fossil fuels more economically and morally appealing. Consumers and investors should be encouraged to try more sustainable energy sources.
It recommends the removal of fossil-fuel subsidies and the elevation of incentives to shift to decentralized energy systems and render clean energy production and storing systems more economically viable; the encouraging of financial markets to lose assets associated with fossil fuels to shift investment in the direction of less-polluting technologies, leaving investors to let go of ‘stranded assets’ associated with fossil fuels; the construction of sustainable cities that draw their power from renewable energy; educating the public about the moral implications of fossil fuels and revealing to them information regarding greenhouse gas emissions; and strengthening climate education and engagement programs.
While information regarding the climate emergency is being spread, most experts agree that the ‘speed of the spread’ is not enough to prevent severe damage to the planet.
Standing at the core of the global drive to decarbonise is the shifting from the fossil fuels that worsen global warming to clean energy sources that include solar and wind power. Yet power generation emissions just continue to intensify.
Carbon dioxide emissions generated from the energy sector have more than doubled since the 1970s and just keep accumulating.
We need to do everything we can to advance sustainable energy into the future, to the stage that sustainable energy is more financially profitable and viable than coal and oil—but that’s not all. We also must be the change that stops climate change.
Awareness is not enough. Action is what we need. We need new social, political and economic norms all around the world, and for a new world.
To facilitate this, the report’s authors advised increased transparency to create tipping points that challenge what people consider normal or acceptable, reinforcing climate education and engagement around the world.
Climate action was a primary theme of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos. Klaus Schwab, the Founder and Executive Chairman of the forum, and the leaders of Bank of America and Royal DSM, asked companies and investors via a letter to commit to taking crucial action on climate change. The Forum’s continuing work regarding climate change features Mission Possible, a platform to aid industries in the transition to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050.
In order to beat climate change, the change must come now.