It is time for us to consider the possibility that climate change can trigger cooperation, not conflict. There are many examples of cooperation. We are in the third decade of worldwide intergovernmental cooperation to respond to the risks of climate change.
The visit of a president to a neighboring country should not be breaking news, unless the visiting president happens to be subject to an arrest warrant for heinous crimes and the host country is a state party to the Court that issued those warrants.
There is a better way to govern our last frontiers. The first thing we need is a "timeout." We need a lot more science, and more deliberate thinking about whether this frontier development will help, or hinder, our quest for a sustainable future.
It is time for ordinary individuals to step up to some of the most profound and relevant philosophical questions in our history and confront the fact that "who we are" and what we believe may be more important than what we do.