The White House asked me what I thought the most important issue on the table prior to the State of the Union address. Here's what I wrote.
Civilization is out of balance.* In my life time alone (I am 79 years old) we have done most of the damage to Earth, her ecosystems and biodiversity that has happened in all human history. We may already have passed the point of no return. We are indeed in the Anthropocene and we have no time to lose in stopping the damage and reversing the trend to extinction of the human species. This means that half measures will no longer suffice and that we must question all our "values."