In February, former US Vice President and Nobel Laureate, Al Gore, gave an inspiring TED talk outlining why he is confident that humanity will solve the climate crisis. Gore argues that the political, technological and societal changes required to combat global warming are already underway, and, while there is a long way to go, we have made substantial progress, maybe even enough to be optimistic about the future. Many observers, however, do not share his optimism and point to energy consumption and population growth projections to argue that the problems are only going to become more challenging.
Do we have cause to be optimistic? Or, in the euphoria following the adoption of the Paris Agreement, has Al Gore not yet taken off his rose-tinted glasses?
Come discuss recent developments in climate change policy with Ecoscholars and bring along your optimism, pessimism or realism.