When my great-grandfather Jack Spalding and partner Alex King opened their Atlanta law firm in 1885, they alternated lugging coal up flights of stairs to heat their Atlanta office. What seemed like advanced technology then, coal contributed to unhealthy offices, dingy skies and darkened buildings.
Last week’s U.N. climate change report concluded the globe needs to end burning of coal in the next decade or we’ll spark irreversible consequences that will dwarf today’s storms, droughts and refugee migrations.
We know today’s leaders won’t address this matter – just the opposite. How will they explain it to their great-grandchildren?