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The Year Ahead 2018

Saving the Environment and the Economy

The biggest obstacle to combating climate change is the naiveté of the public. Too many citizens assume that policymakers will simply do what the experts say, and they neglect the fact that shifting to a “green” economy will introduce countless new opportunities to pursue more fulfilling work, in keeping with a traditional idea of the “good life.”

NEW YORK – Every country has national problems, such as a dangerous loss of inclusion or a costly loss of growth. We learn that a solution does not happen without society’s understanding of the problem and a wide desire for action.

But with climate change, all countries have a shared problem, too. And although experts have gained understanding and reached a consensus on the objectives to be sought, these goals require wider support from society than exists so far.

As everyone knows, most of the climate change started with the burning of fossil fuels brought by the industrialization that began in the late eighteenth century and has been producing rising levels of carbon dioxide ever since.

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