Climate change is real, the actions of mankind are the origin of climate change, and there is no know way to reverse climate change - we can only hope to slow the rate of change for the next several thousand years. These basic truths must be accepted by nations and form the basis for national policy.

Secondly, national policies must accept that climate change is global in its scope, global in its causes, and global in its mitigation. No one country can resolve the problem, nor can any country avoid it. If the human civilization is to survive as we know it, all nations must fully and freely cooperate. The alternative to rapidly developing means of open international cooperation and assistance is for the nations to turn themselves into armed fortress to protect their resources and prevent immigration of displaced climatic refugees. Inevitably, this approach would lead to global warfare and destruction, and a radically altered environment.

And, thirdly national policies must accept that there is no one solution that will fit all nations, rather entirely different approaches will be required in different regions and nations. For example, the developed nations must eliminate their dependence upon fossil fuels while maintaining their quality of life, while developing nations must forgo the use of fossil fuels while attempting to meet the natural aspirations of their citizens for an improved quality of life. It would appear obvious that an international sharing of resources, technologies and expertise will be required.

Can all nations set aside regional, political, historical, cultural and religious differences and cooperate in the resolution and survival of Global Climate Change? If not, human civilization is surely toast.