Well, I'm not going to stop driving my car, or using electricity
There's a few things that everyone can easily do about it:
1) We can all operate on the same facts. Warming is occurring. It is caused by humans. It will cause catastrophic consequences. Also, we can alleviate a lot of the consequences by adapting to the inevitable changes now instead of waiting for catastrophes to force us to.
2) There are several simple things we can do in our daily lives. Recycle, use LED light bulbs, buy a hybrid or even an electric vehicle if it's practical/affordable, fit your home for solar if it's practical, etc.. If everyone did these things alone it would make a significant impact.
3) Request change from our lawmakers and support the innovation of renewable energy. Call them, email them, and vote for representatives that promote action on climate change, and/or renewable energy. This isn't a liberal/conservative issue. There are good people on both sides of the aisle that fit the bill. The most significant solutions to climate change will come from private industry and the government.
I have sympathy for myself in 20-40 years. I have sympathy for my kids and grandkids. There's no point in crying over spilled milk. This is just a problem that exists that poses a challenge. Problems have solutions, and challenges are met.
Maybe because some of us are having a jolly good time here, and we want to keep it that way?
1) It is not caused *solely* by humans (it is accelerated). Global warming has happened many times already, coupled with ice ages. Mind the wording - green people get a lot of misplaced hate for this alone.
It will cause catastrophic consequences for most living beings, that is true. Pity that certain animals are in danger, I'd care of them first, but, alas, not everyone can or must be saved.
We might or we might not alleviate consequences because climate changes do not happen overnight and woe if one thinks changes can be stopped or even reversed. We will have to walk this road sooner or later.
2) You're telling how everybody should live their lives. We got enough of those folks, thank you very much.
3) You're basing your opinion on USA government. Try telling that to China and especially overpopulated India who just don't give an eff, politically unstable African regions, other overpopulated regions and a huge bunch of 3rd world countries whose whole economy is based on specific kind of trade, and the list is not yet complete.
I also say with certainty that many folks on this list aren't having a good time. It's poverty (despite long, hard working hours), insufficient housing, poor hygiene, crime, homicide, wars and other misery they're having, and not a single thing will change if global warming would friggin' -poof- and disappear one day to never come back.
Your view is hardly driven by forethought or compassion, but instead by egoism; you argue of global processes, but do not consider the global circumstances.
There are much larger problems to solve.