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Forty years ago I'd have bet our brains and common sense could help us think our way out of almost any problem. Judging by what I've see lately, I have to retract that view. It's not that there aren't still people who are smart and have good judgment, it's just that they just seem to be a dwindling minority.
Probably not a dwindling minority but one striving harder to become part of a majority. More and younger citizens of the world are climbing on board, pressuring their elders to help make enough difference in time to keep the earth human-habitable longer. Their efforts are individual but often part of organized endeavors, sometimes national (or regional and multinational).
There's no reason except human effort that some fairly small countries have done more to mitigate ill effects of climate change by law, example and individual effort to extend the effort and persuade others to join.
Costa Rica is a good example. Who'd have thought it? Half the world's population likely never heard of Costa Rica much less would figure them high on the actions-taken list for ecology-protective and climate change mitigating behavior. Yet they continue on track with intention to be carbon-neutral by 2050 and they have some of the most innovative incentives to help even their impoverished citizens make that into a reality.
Or who would have pegged Lebanon as a 2020 winner on the list of the UN's action awards in the sustainable development goals challenge (they won because of an all female team working in the energy sector on amping up solar power options).
The reason we don't hear more about all this in the USA , short of the Trump administration in particular --and our own energy sector in general-- not being fully on board with green initiatives, is largely that this stuff hasn't yet been widely made into lucrative enough clickbait. It's still more profitable to print stuff about film celebrities or the royalty of other countries or the future plans and prospects of a certain Western head of state.