Yeah, yeah. I know, another post about climate emergency. But this came across my RSS today and I have no choice but to post.
The crucial point, he argues, is that there is now no chance of us avoiding a perilous, all-pervasive climate breakdown. We have passed the point of no return and can expect a future in which lethal heatwaves and temperatures in excess of 50C (120F) are common in the tropics; where summers at temperate latitudes will invariably be baking hot, and where our oceans are destined to become warm and acidic. “A child born in 2020 will face a far more hostile world that its grandparents did,” McGuire insists.
“I know a lot of people working in climate science who say one thing in public but a very different thing in private. In confidence, they are all much more scared about the future we face, but they won’t admit that in public. I call this climate appeasement and I believe it only makes things worse. The world needs to know how bad things are going to get before we can hope to start to tackle the crisis.”
It’s too rare that we see the hard, dark truth. As I understand it climate communicators have tried to leave a space for people to feel hopeful so that they would take action. In some ways, it makes sense. To do otherwise raises the possibility that in feeling hopeless people would just give up. Unfortunately the result seems to be that in leaving a space for hope we’ve also left a space to procrastinate. For too long we have come to think that the problem is further down the road, a problem for the future.
Turns out, no, it’s a problem for right now. There is no more kicking this can down the road. The truth is, this was a problem we should have begun dealing with 20 years ago. And now it’s likely too late to do much at all. Of course we should act immediately and decisively with radical, deep cuts. That’s what’s required because we waited too long. But, for the most part, we’re not going to act and the actions we do take will be too little. So, we’ve elected to let the planet and our future burn.
A tragedy that’s been many decades in the making and one that could have been avoided. But we chose not to deal with it and are still choosing not to deal with it.