Doing all we can to combat climate change comes with numerous benefits from reducing pollution and associated health care costs to strengthening and diversifying the economy by shifting to renewable energy among other measures.
The damage that climate change is causing and that will get worse if we fail to act goes beyond the hundreds of thousands of lives homes and businesses lost ecosystems destroyed species driven to extinction infrastructure smashed and people inconvenienced.
Despite the fact that in America we incarcerate more juveniles for life terms than in any other country in the world the truth is that the vast majority of youth offenders will one day be released. The question is simple and stark. Do we want to help them change or do we want to help them become even more violent and dangerous?
I first became a vegetarian when I was nine in response to an argument made by a radical babysitter. My great change - which lasted a couple of weeks - was based on the very simple instinct that it's wrong to kill animals for food.
When you go off in the world and make your life and you come back to your home town and you find your old high-school friends driving in the same circles doing the same things that's what Hollywood's like. It's a little block little town. It doesn't really grow or change.
I think if there's something one needs to change with oneself it doesn't have to happen in the New Year. You can do that any time you please - not that it's not a good inspirational tactic for the people that it works for.