Published in the Boulder Daily Camera on June 15th, 2024

To ChatGPT: Does climate change endanger human survival?

ChatGPT: Yes, climate change does endanger human survival. It leads to more frequent and severe weather events, rising sea levels, loss of biodiversity, disruptions to food and water supplies, and increased health risks. These impacts can threaten the stability and well-being of human societies around the world.

To ChatGPT: Produce a four-word sentence that states the fastest and most efficient way to stop climate change. Include what needs to be done with fossil fuels.

ChatGPT: Eliminate fossil fuels immediately.

To ChatGPT: Since you state that the fastest and most efficient way to stop climate change is to eliminate fossil fuels immediately, and since climate change endangers human survival, and since oil and gas companies plan to keep investing in new oil and gas production for years to come, are oil and gas companies friends or enemies of human survival?

ChatGPT: Given the context, oil and gas companies can be seen as adversaries to human survival if they continue to invest in new fossil fuel production, which exacerbates climate change and its associated risks to humanity.

(Responses to the questions below have been edited for length only. To see the full response, enter the question on ChatGPT-4o yourself.)

To ChatGPT: How does the challenge of climate change offer us an opportunity to live a new and better life?

ChatGPT: The challenge of climate change offers an opportunity to live a new and better life in several transformative ways:

1. Clean Energy Transition: Cleaner air and water, reducing respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

2. Sustainable Living: Increased availability of local, organic foods; reduced traffic congestion and pollution; more green spaces.

3. Technological Innovation: Development of advanced technologies that can improve efficiency and quality of life.

4. Resource Efficiency: Lower utility bills, reduced landfill use, and conservation of natural resources.

5. Enhanced Quality of Life: More outdoor recreational opportunities, preservation of natural beauty, and improved mental health.

6. Community Engagement: Increased community resilience, cooperation, and a sense of shared purpose.

7. Equity and Justice: More equitable distribution of resources and opportunities, improving social stability and fairness.

8. Global Cooperation: Enhanced global peace and cooperation, sharing of knowledge and resources for common good.

By addressing climate change, we can create a world that prioritizes health, sustainability, and equity, ultimately leading to a more fulfilling and prosperous existence for all.

To ChatGPT: What is the most efficient and most socially just method to transition the world from using fossil fuels to using renewable energy? To what extent would a carbon fee and dividend policy with a carbon border adjustment mechanism be of benefit?

ChatGPT: The most efficient and socially just method to transition the world from using fossil fuels to using renewable energy involves implementing comprehensive policies that both incentivize renewable energy adoption and address social equity concerns. A carbon fee and dividend policy, combined with a carbon border adjustment mechanism, offers a promising approach.

To ChatGPT: Many people in the United States are struggling with what to do about climate change. If we want a good future for the people and places we love, what are the three most important things that individuals can do right now to protect the people and places we love from the ravages of climate change?

ChatGPT: To protect the people and places we love from the ravages of climate change, individuals can take impactful actions on both personal and collective levels. Here are three of the most important things they can do right now:

1. Reduce Carbon Footprint

Impact: Reducing personal carbon footprints directly decreases greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to global efforts to mitigate climate change.

2. Support and Advocate for Climate Policies

Impact: Collective action and strong climate policies are essential for systemic change. By supporting and advocating for such measures, individuals can influence government and corporate actions toward sustainability.

3. Invest in and Support Renewable Energy

Impact: Transitioning to renewable energy reduces dependency on fossil fuels and drives the market towards cleaner energy solutions, accelerating the shift to a sustainable energy economy.

Conclusion: By reducing personal carbon footprints, supporting and advocating for effective climate policies, and investing in renewable energy, individuals can make significant contributions to protecting the environment. These actions not only help mitigate climate change but also inspire broader societal changes necessary for a sustainable future.

Interviewer’s comment: Artificial intelligence is useless without actual courage. We know what to do. We just need to do it.

Chris Hoffman is an ecopsychologist, poet, climate justice advocate and retired management consultant and licensed professional counselor. He is the author of “The Hoop and the Tree: A Compass for Finding a Deeper Relationship with All Life.”