Despite what one might think about Leonardo DiCaprio, his National Geographic Special — “Before the Flood” — serves a very important function: raising awareness during a crucial time, our presidential election. It is a real tragedy that one of the greatest challenges to mankind gets almost no mention as we pick who will lead the country for the next four years.
As UGA climatologists have reported, Georgia is not immune to climate chaos. We are already experiencing record coastal floods, temperatures that threaten safety and crop-harming drought. It will only get worse.
We can slow climate change by placing a steadily rising price on carbon emissions while returning this fee to all Americans on a per capita basis. This is a market based approach that spurs growth, development and jobs while making significant reductions in greenhouse gas pollutants.
As you watch this special Oct. 31, think about your children and grandchildren. Their futures will be adversely affected by climate, whether it’s because of local drought, alarming world migration or national security risks cause by worldwide unrest from rising tides and food shortages.
As this election approaches, find out what each candidate, presidential and congressional, plan to do about about climate change. Politicians can take decisive action, protecting our future with smart growth that enhances our living today.