During his 8 years in office, Obama spent about $90 million on long distance family vacations.
That’s a lot of CO2 from someone who claims to care about climate change.
Real leaders set good examples.
Good intentions are worthless.
Only actions count.
Justin Trudeau, another leader who claims to care about climate change, made 23 international trips to 19 different countries since becoming Prime Minister on November 4, 2015. Plus a family vacation with his 1 more than 2 children to the Caribbean.
It’s no wonder that the majority of citizens are reluctant to change their lifestyles.
Leaders and experts that understand how serious the situation is, like climate scientists, must set low-carbon lifestyle examples.
Obviously, if all leaders cancelled their long distance vacations and banned government travel it would not solve climate change, however it would send a strong message because long distance travel is a high carbon activity that many people enjoy but do not need to survive.
And it would set the table for the much stronger medicine that must follow: economic contraction and a one child policy.
We are out of time.