Here is an interesting article from Scientific American, authored by John Broome, that looks at the issue of weighing up our own comforts and prosperity of today, and how this will effect future generations. The article highlights the one issue that many of us ourselves: “What should we do about climate change?” – it discusses the costs and benefits of our actions.
“The costs of mitigating climate change are the sacrifices the present generation will have to make to reduce greenhouse gases. We will have to travel less and better insulate our homes. We will have to eat less meat. We will have to live less lavishly. The benefits are the better lives that future people will lead: they will not suffer so much from the spread of deserts, from the loss of their homes to the rising sea, or from floods, famines and the general impoverishment of nature.” states Broome. Read more.
What do you think? Is there an easy answer to this complex question?