My biggest concern is the fact that people ignore science. They don’t like the facts so they simply ignore them. This is a common human response to things we don’t want to hear or deal with – denial. But it is very powerful.
Realistically, I think that it won’t be so bad during the rest of my lifetime so my concern is that this “it’s not so bad” perspective means I and others won’t do what it takes to make it better. For example, I’ve been procrastinating about purchasing a composter because it doesn’t seem urgent. But when I realize we could cut our trash in half by using one … I feel guilty. But I put it off for all sorts of reasons because as informed as I am – I don’t feel the urgency.
And when I think about how much different our climate is here in Pittsburgh since I was a kid and even more so from when my parents describe their childhoods … it concerns me.