Love him or hate him, Arnold Schwarzegger has recently made some convincing arguments for a shift to renewable energy as soon as possible.
He knows that climate change is still somehow a contentious issue, so he has title a recent viral Facebook posting – “I don’t give a **** if we agree about climate change.”
He doesn’t give a damn because he knows that issues like air pollution and the long term financial viability of fossil fuels do not look good.
In fact, as Arnold also mentions, 7 million people die every year due to air pollution. These premature deaths account for a larger number than all car accidents, murders, and suicides combined.
On a financial note, he compares the continued investments in fossil fuels to continuing to invest in Blockbuster. While maybe not the best analogy, his point is taken. It’s not wise to invest in a technology that has become obsolete or, in this case, a source of energy that will eventually be depleted.
Along with the current California Governor, Jerry Brown, Schwarzegger made an appearance at the climate talks in Paris. Like many others, they are making the case that investing in a clean energy future can make good financial sense.
Arnold also made a very important point about climate discussions, in general. He mentions that they typically deal with far off consequences – what our world might be like in 30 or 50 years. He says “…our brain is not wired that way, that we’re worried about things that are happening in 2050, or 50 years from now. It’s wired about what’s happening today, and no one, event the top environmental officials, really communicates this the right way.”
It’s refreshing to see someone as influential as Schwarzenegger bring much more needed attention to our current climate crisis – air pollution. This will help our world and corporate leaders to act much sooner than later when they fully realize that this truly is a humanitarian issue. We all deserve the right to breathe clean air.
It’s also comforting to know that we do have the technological solutions to our environmental crisis. The only barriers that remain are political. This is why the results of the COP21 in Paris are so important. Our world leaders must invest in wind and solar power with confidence. The last remaining piece of the puzzle – energy storage solutions – will be there in time.
As more high profile leaders like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill Gates emerge to support clean energy, we’ll be that much closer to the end of the fossil fuel era.