I do not believe that failure to mitigate climate change is a result of limitations in science and technology; as a plethora of scientific evidence indicates, climate change is having monumental effects and is primarily the cause of human activity. I agree with Ausubel that “on a technological plane,” (159) we can reduce CO2 emissions and thus help mitigate climate change. With California as an exception, the problem largely relates to policymakers’ and governments’ resentment about straying away from “business as usual.” I agree with the “redesign of our civilization” that Ausubel prescribes, and that this requires decentralization and more efficient, localized systems of governance. I also think that more education regarding the issue of climate change is necessary; if constituencies are more aware of the problem and potential catastrophic effects of climate change, they are more likely to work to get governments to adopt policies designed to mitigate it.
I do not think that a climate change mitigation scheme will easily fit into government policy as it has been operating, but that is why a systemic redesign is necessary. Environmental concerns like climate change are not necessarily conducive to the primary government aims of growth, economic development, technological innovation, and increasing globalization. Thus, I think it is going to take a massive reconsideration of priorities in order for climate change to make it onto the policy agenda in a way that will help mitigate the crises associated with it. As Ausubel mentions, education and decentralization are critical components of such an endeavor.