Eight months after the Cuban missile crisis, President John F. Kennedy spoke to students graduating from America University about what he dubbed as "the most important topic on earth: world peace." 50 years later, the backbone of Kennedy's plea for peace has become the "environmentalists' credo" today, argues Bill Chameides, a professor at Duke University.
"Our problems are manmade. Therefore, they can be solved by man."
Such a mantra applies just as much to the fight against climate change as it did to the Cold War.