*If We Aren’t Too Late
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We’ll each have at least $100,000 more in our piggy banks, on average, if we stop climate change than if we don’t.
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Some economists argue that people in the future will be so much richer than people today that we should just let them pay to fix climate change. There’s no guarantee, however, that future people will be richer (especially if we let climate change happen), and other economists argue that even if future people are richer, it’s not ok to leave them with a ruined planet. So, we’ve emphasized why it would be beneficial to slow climate change now.