Forget carbon-neutral. Can we be carbon-negative?
Our climate is changing and human activities are the cause. Powerful storms, drought, and flooding are becoming more common and the world’s poor are affected disproportionately. Are we past the point of no return or is there still hope for the planet? Most current policies push a goal of carbon neutrality, but many experts say this doesn’t go far enough. In fact, the real goal should be to become carbon negative and create more energy than we expend. But how can policy-makers address existing political and economic concerns in order to move forward towards this goal? Who would pay for the systemic changes that would be needed and how can we ensure the costs would be shared equitably? In the end, we must ask ourselves, “What kind of world do we want to leave for our children?”