March 2011. The driest March for 50 years. April 2011. Getting to be the hottest. The year 2010. The warmest globally in 150 years. Floods in Pakistan and China. 11,000 heatwave deaths in Moscow. (Source).
Some of us are looking hard into technology to decarbonize (this is called ‘bright green’). Some of us are looking into behavioural change to decarbonize (this is called ‘dark green’). Some of us are looking into behaviour, gender, and justice (‘deep green’).
Some of us have concluded that climate change is not happening (deniers). Some of us have concluded that it is happening, but it is not human-made (sceptics of climate science). Some of us have concluded that it is happening, is human-made, and we can prevent it (includes activists). Or we can adapt (pessimistic pragmatism).
Finally some of us have concluded that it is happening, it is our fault, but it is too late to do anything.
I have encountered at least four people who are loosely of this last category. Their conclusion is that the human race must therefore be doomed.
There is another category. Let’s not think about it. Complete denial.
Perhaps we are all swinging between these positions like monkeys in trees.
What are you going to do? What am I going to do? Shall we just carry on doing nothing? How freaky does the weather need to get before action looks less stupid than inaction?
The nuns and monks of Plum Village say, ‘Let’s Wake Up Together’.