This goal and the need for immediate action is consistent with the most current scientific assessment of the challenge that climate change poses today. The world, including the U.S., is presently on an emissions trajectory that could see the planet warm by well over 3°C within most of their lifetimes. It is still possible to avert this future; but this can only be achieved by reversing our current trend of increasing emissions and decarbonizing the global economy at the pace and urgency of a moon race. And as Earth scientists, we know that the longer we wait, the worse it will be. Every year we delay serious action ensures additional costly and even potentially dangerous impacts. Yet a different and better future isn’t as far away as it might seem. The cost of renewables is falling quickly, in the US and around the world. Texas leads the US in wind energy production; California, in solar. Storage technology is becoming economically viable. Electrification of transport is already underway in some markets. Our scientific understanding of currently observed and projected future climate impacts clearly calls for the transformation of our energy systems and our society at all scales and across all sectors in order to rapidly decarbonize our economy. Those who oppose specific policies have an obligation to offer viable and effective alternatives at a scale commensurate with the problem. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away. Students’ demands for bold, urgent action are fully supported by the best available science. They need our support, but more than that, they need all of us to act. Their future depends on it; and so does ours.
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