One reason I have this blog is because I'm frustrated with the notion that everybody can define any issue on their own terms even after a body of global consensus has defined it!
The United Nation Department of Economic and Social Affairs has defined "sustainable design" as “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own need.” And in 1992, 178 governments adopted an action plan called the Agenda 21 that you should definitely read.
And when it comes to Climate Change, Green House Gas Emission or Global Warming and Green House Gas Emissions, I think taking the IPCC findings in their report 1 and 2 as factual status should be as easy as accepting the U.S. EPA emission inventory and that it based on a globally excepted protocol.
After reading through all these reports, I'm left with the question: “Why reinvent the wheel?” Why not act now? The foundational work has been done by so many credible organizations. Why not get going, measure our success or shortcomings on the action taken, and build from there refined national and regional, segmented and appropriate action plans, rather than spending so much time defining and redefining these global issues?
I do understand that this is all very complicated. But I also understand it's time for action. I think too much talk is just a dodge for doing the real work that's necessary right now.