Question 1: Why is this an astonishing moment in human history?

Vocabulary from the extract:

be around for, immediate future, current form of, fundamental question, major power, be on the verge of, repeatedly, a few generations away, take decisive steps, be fairly confident that, irreversible consequences, inadvertently

Question 2: Is there hope for the future? 

Vocabulary from the extract:

plenty of grounds for hope, articulate opposition, be in favor of , carbon tax, latent attitudes, compel, the leadership, the institutions, institute the policies, fossil fuels, alternatives, slogan, the intellect, the will, grasp, implemented, operative

Source: Noam Chomsky, ‘The Human Species Has Never Faced A Question Like This’ (2016)

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