New Year’s Resolutions

If you’re warming up your New Year’s resolutions, consider the following half dozen as potential candidates for your annual self-improvement vows. Stick with any of them and they’ll be good for you and for your planet.

1. Take climate change seriously.

If you’re still a skeptic, good for you, be a skeptic. But be an informed and honest skeptic. Educate yourself with the best scientific research available. Note: Glen Beck and Sarah Palin are not the best sources of scientific research on anything.

You could start your self-education by going to the United Nations Environment Programme website (unep.org/climatechange/) and reading the summary of current climate change facts and figures released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Argue with the IPCC findings if you like, but know that you are arguing with more than 97 percent of the world’s best climate scientists.

If you still want to deny the evidence of human-induced climate change, consider the implications for your children, and multiple future generations of your family, if you are wrong. Would a precautionary posture toward climate change not be the wisest position to take?

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