Climate change is not the concern of just one or two nations. It is an issue that affects the whole of humanity and every living being on the earth. Dalai Lama

Last night we watched Madame Secretary and it haunted me all night. A small island was erased from the earth because the coral bed it was built on could not withstand two typhoons. Climate change, what do we do about it? Everyone wants someone to do something about it, but what do we ourselves want and need to do?

When I joined Toastmasters in 1986 one of the speeches was on overpopulation, the world population in December 1986 was 4.93 billion. 1968 looks like it was the peak growth percentage but we only had 3.5 billion growing. We were also moving from rural populations to urban, rural populations have more children, but urban populations use more resources. There’s a catch twenty-two.

Faith and reason must come together enabling us to make positive choices in our lifestyles, in how our economies are run, and in building a true global solidarity necessary to avert this climate crisis. Pope Francis

It is unpopular to point our finger at population growth as our main problem. We don’t want to stop the growth of our countries, cities, companies. We don’t want to stop consuming, nor do companies or governments want us to. How do we continue as we are and stop or slow climate change and create a sustainable world? The only thing we understand is more, more, more.

The United States has the largest population in the developed world and is the only developed nation experiencing significant population growth. Predictions are its population could double by the end of the century. We think we have a problem now?

We can’t talk about population growth without isms rearing their ugly head. One of the most effective population control methods appears to be educating girls. When women are given the resources and the choice they opt for smaller families.

The answer to our predicament may not be in pointing fingers but in education and empowerment of women throughout the world. Are we doing enough? Maybe we can focus on something that benefits all of us, and instead of pointing fingers we can offer a helping hand?

What we may need to talk about is who is creating the problem. It isn’t the poor. This is what strikes us in the West at our heart. When we get to income inequality the ball comes back to our court, exactly where we don’t want it.

The world today is very fragile and it’s our duty to do everything to unite people and nations to remind them that we don’t have a planet B. Viacheslav Fetisov, UN Environment Patron for Polar Regions

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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate Hardcover – Sep 16 2014