Bill McKibben’s newest book, Falter, discusses the convergence of several existential threats to humanity –– artificial intelligence, genetic engineering and climate change.
I go to Sweetgreen a lot. Like, literally the only gifts I ever ask for are Sweetgreen gift cards, a lot. I used to create my own salad, until I started ordering with the Sweetgreen app and realized how many calories I was consuming—a meager 380!! My beloved twelve dollar salad put me in the mood to snack; and, now I realized why. So, I started adding a few more things—got my salad up to 540 calories—and suddenly, I had a meal, not a snack, a satisfied belly, and maybe I paid one or two dollars more.
While scientists across the board recognize the long term dangers that arise from not addressing climate change, Stanford divesting from fossil fuels is impractical, hypocritical, and distracts us from more effective measures we could employ to combat climate change. Instead, Stanford should work to reduce its own carbon emissions.
First, we believe climate change is real and happening, and we have an undeniable responsibility to fight it. Second, we believe that reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions is crucial to mitigate climate change impacts. That said, we also believe that divestment from coal—or fossil fuels in general—is not the right answer, and when compared to other options to reduce climate impacts, divesting from coal mines is clearly not the best solution.
In America, certainly, fracking– which employs the injection of water, sand and chemicals into hard shale rock to break it up and extract gas trapped therein– has been a revelation.