Climate change is here, is now, and it’s not that shy. If floodings all over paired with temperature above 20 degrees with less than a month to go before Christmas are not big enough signals (let’s not forget summer fires and last year’s storms that destroyed many forests), then I don’t know what it will be.
Scientists have been saying for a long time that the trends are exponential, logarithmic. This means the curve rises faster and faster as time goes on. Sounds scary, but are we scared enough ?
There have been many discussions about how to communicate about climate change, with many, including me, advocating for soft solutions. Well, I changed my mind - we should be terrified and communication should in its entirety reflect that. Why hiding our heads in the sand ? It’s easier for older generations to talk and talk, they have always lived a certain way perhaps and think they can continue without much damage. They can take another flight for a short trip because they ‘offset carbon with the rest of their lifestyle’ and yet in the rest of the lifestyle continue to feed the big industry by consuming, buying unnecessary things and thinking that as long as it goes in the recycling bin it’s okay..
well. I think it’s time to shift the narrative. But it’s becoming clear to me that this cannot be done by the citizens alone. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s good that everyone plays its part in the game and becomes conscious but it’s not enough.
We not only lack the necessary tools but also in these situations we are like sheep who need a very good border collie to guide them. This said the border collie in itself needs some proper training to guide all of the sheep in the right direction. Imagine the disaster if it was a young one running around spreading madness.... I hope to have painted a good picture getting to the main point of this post : we NEED good politics.
I think that is essential to shift the politics focus towards green actions. The climate should be on all electoral programmes as one of the top priorities, and green-type parties should be making a come back, and get near the top!
But of course, it's not enough to be seemingly 'green'. I think it's not enough to say that some policies will be implemented, but these should be defined in their operational terms and be based on a solid baseline. So what do I think good environmental policies should be based upon?
What do you think? Do you have anything to add to the list? Let me know below!
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