Sobering reading

The sun is shining this Easter weekend and most folks in the U.K. are heading to an overcrowded beach in the rush to escape the cities, or consuming their body weight in mass produced chocolate eggs. Perhaps for our generation it has ever been thus.

In this home the long weekend break is a little different. This book is on the side table pile for consumption, and I’ve just started it. I’m two chapters in so far.

It’s not a book about the science of climate change. I’m sure that we’ve all heard about that, and although it’s something that I totally believe in, the most frightening thing for me is that I see that it’s almost impossible for many others to sustain strong feelings about it, such is its’ enormity. It’s simply too large and horrific to believe it’s real.

Others won’t believe it until it affects them directly. I watch people struggling to equate the facts with their protected urban reality in their continued disconnection with nature.

This is one of the reasons that we have decided to live at the edge and grow woodland, trying in our small way to leave a small patch of the planet able to support biodiversity and wildlife.

This book is about what it will be like to live on this planet should we continue the trajectory that we’re on. It’s a depiction of real Armageddon.

The writing is clear and powerful. I’d urge you get a copy and to read it.

6 Replies to “Sobering reading”

  1. Climate change is inevitable when rainforest are being destroyed by palm oil plantations, what we do at grass roots will provide local improvements, but when large countries do not take steps to reduce their industrial or traffic pollution, we may as well enjoy the warm weather! We love mountains but this month with our youngest unwell we are thankful for a day out she can cope with!

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  2. I totally agree that reducing industrial level pollution will make the biggest impact, but we all need to do our part, however small, in making it unacceptable for organisations to ignore the Planet impact they are having. People forget that they have power! In the meantime, enjoy the weather and the Easter break 😊

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  3. As a scientist, this is something I don’t need convincing of, but I do worry that humanity is better at responding to change only once it affects them adversely as individuals, which makes it so hard to prevent things on long timescales. I totally agree though that doing what we can ourselves has to be worthwhile, if only as the first step in helping to change our behaviour as a society.

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    1. I agree. And much as I would love to see that this is compelling for everyone, which it certainly is to me, I sort of despairingly get it that some folks take longer to get there. All I can do is make changes to our life, including what we do with our land, to make sure that we’re doing everything possible, even if it’s on a tiny scale.

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