For many of us, climate change conjures up nothing but images of doom and destruction, from disastrous storms to wildfires to scorching heat. And it’s true – much of what we read about climate change paints a dire picture of the future of our planet.
And Chris Castro says it’s not in our distant future either.
Castro is a professor and associate chair of the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Arizona. He studies climate change, and he says the moment we’re living in right now in the Southwest is already unprecedented.
We see it in everything from new record high temperatures and higher demands on energy in our cities, to burning mountain ranges and residual flooding in our Wildlands, the picture is grim. And especially when it comes to our dwindling water supply, Castro says it could just get worse.
But Castro also works in the area of climate adaptation, providing information about climate change to inform how we need to adapt in the future.
And in an interview with The Show, he said something really extreme: there’s reason for hope.
Indeed, the most recent United Nations Climate Science Report seemed to take a more optimistic tone. While predictions of the worst effects of climate change are dire, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that we have the technology, solutions and time to avert the climate crisis. But immediate action is needed.
The Salon spoke with Castro to learn more about climate hope.