What’s Next: Strategy to address Greenhouse Gas Emission
According to the Executive Director of Greenpeace: in the end, protecting the environment is about very clear choices. We can either standup for what is right – our health, humanity and heritage on this planet of ours – or we can sit by and watch while decisions are made that threatens to destroy our collective future. Proponents of corrective strategies to reduce green house gas emissions recommend that any strategy adopted must be two pronged: 1) able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from automobile; 2) able also to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation. We have all witnessed the successes and failures of both the adaptive management strategy versus the pragmatic strategy of the last two administrations, with respect to forest conservation. While the adaptive management strategy emphasized environmental sustainability and involvement of local decision makers, the pragmatic strategy excluded the moral and legal presumption, focusing more on utilitarian conservation. Which of these strategies has worked well in the arena of forest conservation is still subject to debate. The baggage that either of these strategies carries has made me take a long look at many of the proposed strategies for controlling greenhouse gas emissions, and say: we must get it right this time to make the effort worth its while..