This is a moment when the human community rose to the challenge of the times. On Saturday, more than 190 nations agreed to cut climate change pollution, transition to clean energy and put the world on a course toward ever-increasing climate action. As President Francois Hollande observed, this is the first universal climate agreement in history.
Opponents of the Clean Power Plan seem united in their belief that solving climate change is either unnecessary or should be very low on the list of national priorities. Their ideology remains fixed in a world of polluting energy. Fortunately for our children and grandchildren, the rest of us are moving forward.
Through rising seas, withering drought, catastrophic storms and other hallmarks of climate change, our world is telling us every way it knows how that it's time to cut the dangerous carbon pollution that's driving the climate crisis. Long before history judges our response, voters will decide which candidate best understands the threat we face.
Often, in my climate change conversations, I don't use controversial words. There's no point in me insisting on using "climate change," "global warming" or "deniers" if it makes anyone upset. Spreading the word about conservation and eliminating waste is more important than fighting over the usage of some controversial terms. Let's all be gentle to each other and our planet.