Climate Change is a Fact

Feb 14, 2014 8:00 PM ET

Earlier this week in his State of the Union address, President Obama made what was arguably the strongest statement about climate change that has ever come from the leader of the free world when he proclaimed that, “Climate change is a fact!”

Sustainability advocates across the globe breathed a huge collective sigh of relief when those words were spoken. Obama’s emphasis on clean energy and transportation was encouraging. His focus on strengthening policies to protect our air, water, natural resources, and pristine federal lands was rousing. And, his words about unleashing the next big discovery, stopping subsidies for fossil fuels in favor of investment in fuels for the future, and creating a clean energy policy that creates both jobs and profits for our country were downright exciting.

But, words are empty until they are backed up with action. I’d like to believe that just by saying the words, the President’s vision for a more sustainable future will materialize. But those of us in the trenches know all too well that, as the President himself said when he quoted wounded veteran Cory Remsburg, “nothing in life that is worth anything is easy.”   Our efforts are no exception.