Adirondack Mountains, NY

If this were the daily sunset you had gotten used to growing up, you would understand the hesitancy of even Bill McKibben, a renowned environmentalist, to okay wind turbines on the horizon, interfering with bird migration in order to generate electricity.

However, in an opinion article in which McKibben confesses his sentiment, entitled “One world, one problem,” he ultimately resolves:

In this world, the threat to that landscape, and to those birds, comes far more from rapid shifts in temperature than from a few dozen towers.

McKibben goes on to write a testament to the gravity of climate change and its meaning for the environmental movement, which the existential call for action is uniting. No matter your top concern — clean water, dolphin populations, crop survival, energy consumption — there is a link to climate change and a bigger picture to keep in mind.

This post was created for ClimateProgress.org, a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.