I read it a few times and I can’t really get it out of my head. It’s something that may interest some but concerns all.
Please click on the title to read the article and let me know your thoughts.
The author, Jo Confino, writes about the news on sustainability he acquired during his recent trips.
Here are a few of his key thought-provoking paragraphs:
“I spoke to climate scientists, business leaders and activists, and the challenges we face appear even more gargantuan then I had thought and, by comparison, progress on addressing them infinitesimal. And that’s before superstorm Sandy struck the eastern board of the US.”
This paragraph didn’t surprise me, after all we live on a planet where there are still millions of polluting vehicles going around even though there are sustainable alternatives, such as electric cars, already available.
“Mann told me that the speed of ice melt is so great that vulnerable low-lying island states may have to be evacuated within a decade – far quicker than anyone had imagined.”
This paragraph definitely made me pay a lot more attention. A decade? Just think of all the coast cities in the world: can you imagine them being evacuated within a decade? That is such short amount of time…Good bye Venice…
“Montgomery raised the spectre of people starving in this country within 20 years as climate change disrupts global food supplies. Did I hear him right? In the UK?”
And did I read that properly? In the UK? People starving in a place where most moan about being so overweight?
My mind is used to being selfish – millions of people are already starving around the world…however reading about this happening so soon where I am makes it real, I can no longer pretend it’s not something that would affect me.
My head started filling with endless thoughts, going from one extreme to another: While all this is going on what am I doing? Is it helping or is it useless?
I went to my cousin’s 1st birthday the past weekend: so by the time he’s ready to celebrate his 21st birthday he won’t have anything to celebrate about? It’s my birthday tomorrow: I will be a quarter of a century old, but by the time I’m in my mid 40s we’ll all be starving, so why would I ever want to have children?
I know this all sounds very dramatic, but these were the thoughts that whizzed around my mind.
Fortunately the author also said: “Face up to the truth but also have an action plan.”
In the article he continues explaining that we should have a goal, as fear of what may happen is only going to increase the distance between us and the issue.
What does this article make you think?
Does it make you see things that a part of your daily life in a different light?