New data released overnight has revealed that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have reached 400 parts per million, for the first time in an estimated 3 to 5 million years. Which again prompts the question, what will it take for leaders at home and abroad to realised the need for short term sacrifices to secure our long term future. In Australia, a prospective Abbott government is now looking unlikely to take any tangible steps to mitigate emissions. More importantly, the cowards in Congress over in the States are so deep in the pocket of the fossil fuel lobby, or maybe so stupid as not to believe mountains of data, that they continue to do nothing to mitigate climate change. As a member of the younger generation, I feel that I have the right to demand those who have enjoyed unparalleled comfort and prosperity in their lifetime do something about this issue. More so, as a rational person, I wonder why not, given that acting now is far more palatable than the future consequences. If you think we have a refugee problem now, just wait until Dhaka and Calcutta are inundated by rising sea levels!