Last month, the Committee on Science, Space and Technology discussed the president’s Climate Action Plan.
President Barack Obama’s science adviser, John Holdren, eventually agreed with committee Chairman Lamar Smith that the plan would have a small global impact.
I am not a climatology major, so I will speak on this subject from the viewpoint of someone in the astronomy and astrophysics program.
Gravity is an interesting thing — it never stops. You could go trillions of miles away, in the middle of space, and Earth’s gravitational attraction would still have a miniscule effect on you.
Gravity is an underlying reason we are even here. Billions of years ago, one particle of dust, larger than the other particulates, attracted those around it until it was a large rock. Then a planetesimal. Then Earth. Gravity’s reach extends across the breadth of the cosmos and compels insignificant specks to form titanic structures — like Earth.
That very Earth is being threatened by climate change. It is no longer a political issue but an ethical one. There is no grand solution or savior to climate change. Our solution will, and must, come from small, progressive commitments.
We must not think that our contribution will not help. Instead, we must commit to resolving this issue in everything we do, no matter how insignificant it may seem.
Divided we stand no change but, together, we can stabilize, create and sustain a world with an ecosystem that is better for all its inhabitants.