For example, the cause of global warming is too much greenhouse gas. Which leads to action; lets legislate to cut emissions.
So what's stopping us and this solution? They asked us to consider obstacles like:
- Our failure to articulate an inspiring and positive vision.
- The radical right’s control of all three branches of the US government.
- Trade policies that undermine environmental protections.
- The influence of money in American politics.
- The inability to craft legislative proposals that shape the debate around core American values.
Death of Environmentalism was written in 2004. Fast forward to today and we want to be picking policy winners. The best solutions are those that we can implement now and for the future. Not the most perfect, ideal, cap and trade system (or other mechanism) if they never becomes law.
In today's terms it also means standing in other's shoes - people who don't believe action on climate change is important. This could vitally avoid a schism like the USA abortion debate - a climate-action fracture Bryan Walsh outlines here.