Let’s wake up
Guest post by Green Christian member John Ranken
“‘A wake-up call’: UK hits highest ever temperature”
This heat crisis should be the tipping point that we are still waiting for. Most people do not yet grasp the net zero concept. Confusion is widespread. Net zero is nowhere near enough to reverse the rapidly rising temperatures and unsettled weather regularly reported by the extremely knowledgeable professional climatologists. What is needed is gross zero which entails keeping all fossil fuels in the ground – from now.
The appropriate response is not just to prepare for the worst, but to stop making it worse by appropriate action – to stop flying, stop driving, stop unnecessary overconsumption of natural resources. From now, not at some vague time in the future.
Can we do it? To use the words of President Obama – Yes we can!
In our rapid IT/information era we have to counter the well-oiled and -funded climate action denial machine, which feeds us with information which is the opposite of the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Bogus information about climate change, but also about the good life based on the continuing use of fossil fuels and over-use of natural resources.
The wake-up call is challenging us as individuals and as a society to take radical action in relation to our own livelihoods and lifestyles – within an economic framework of small, local, interlinked bio-regional economies. Such local economies exist to some extent, but need strengthening and support. We also need to downsize, and each of us needs to re-examine and change the basis of our own livelihoods and lifestyles.
By insulating and downsizing our own homes, walking, cycling, growing our own food etc within our own bio-regional economies we are also making significant reductions in the demand equation. Meanwhile, individually and societally we are gaining independence and confidence to join with others in keeping fossil fuels in the ground.
John Ranken lives in Cambridge and is a long-term U3A Cambridge Tutor.
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