The Stupid Experiment
The climate crisis is real, first off. Intelligent people cannot dispute that. It's due to many factors of economic growth stemming from the industrial revolution, and the ongoing, subsequent revolutions of developing nations. The problem has deep roots, and even deeper pockets. The status quo is profitable... very profitable. But it is also destroying our chance at a sustainable future. As Elon Musk puts it, "It's like we're playing Russian Roulette with the climate except, every year, we're putting more bullets in the chamber. It's not wise."
The decision to pull carbon out of the ground and put it in to the air is causing an increased greenhouse effect, which causes global temperatures to rise: 'global warming'. This warming is melting the polar ice sheets at an alarming pace, which, apart from killing cute polar bears, is causing sea level rise. For reference, New Orleans' elevation is negative 6.5 feet in some places so say goodbye to The Big Easy. Basically, carbon pollution is causing the air to become warmer and moister. In turn, weather patterns are becoming increasingly volatile and life on Earth is changing.
Scientists now believe that humans are causing the sixth mass extinction event in the history of our planet. All because we rely on fossil fuels to power our grids, make plastics, and move us around. Think about what happens when millions of people are forced to flee their homes due to inclement weather and mass devastation. Hunger, thirst, war.
Humans will, of course, adapt. But it will not be pretty. There will be mass displacement of entire societies. There will be increases in droughts, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. There will be mass extinction events. Your life will change.
We have no choice but to act now. Don't take our word for it. Listen to Al.