There are a lot of smart people in the world. There are a lot of people who know what we need to do to avoid global climate change and its destructive impact on the human race. I am not one of these people, but I know they exist, and I read their books.
We have the intelligence, ingenuity and technology to create a sustainable earth.
The problem is, even though there are smart human beings, the population as a whole is largely ignorant. It is the dichotomy of the individual vs. the population.
In any species on earth, there is a range of variation of traits. Some individuals are exsquisitely adapted to their environment and some aren't. Over time, the less adaptable die off. The problem with humanity is that the population willfully destroys its own habitat, so adaptation becomes irrelevant. The most adapted members find themselves in an environment that is changing and they have no where to migrate to. In the human population, the less fit individuals from an adaptive standpoint help to drag everyone down.
Collectively, we either don't know, don't give a damn, or have given up. And this is to the great detriment of our species. Unless someone can convince the large majority of the world that we need to change our ways when it comes to the environment and sustainability, the human population is going to drag everyone down, intelligent scientists and global warming skeptics alike.
That's my prediction and I'd love to hear your thoughts, so please comment.