A zero-emissions economy by 2050? We can get there | Opinion

Look at the world: devastating hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, melting glaciers, rising sea levels – and we see it directly in Michigan with ‘Once Every 100 Year Storms’ that seem to be nearly yearly events now. Climate change is changing the world around us causing mass displacement and global health crises, the Great Lakes are at historic high levels, and many countries are experiencing increasing temperatures. Now is the time for the United States to lead the world in confronting and dealing with these serious threats.

Climate change is impacting worldwide economies and international trade, limiting natural resources, causing public health crises and severe weather events, and exacerbating serious issues of environmental justice. It is a threat multiplier. It is one of the most significant issues that our nation and world have had to tackle.

In 2018, The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report recommended the world must rapidly transition to a clean, net-zero emissions economy. On the clear recommendation of the United Nation’s report,