In her book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, one of my favourite author and activist, Naomi Klein says the following about the dangers posed by climate change:
“Slavery wasn’t a crisis for British and American elites until abolitionism turned it into one. Racial discrimination wasn’t a crisis until the civil rights movement turned it into one. Sex discrimination wasn’t a crisis until feminism turned it into one. Apartheid wasn’t a crisis until the anti-apartheid movement turned it into one. In the very same way, if enough of us stop looking away and decide that climate change is a crisis worthy of Marshall Plan levels of response, then it will become one, and the political class will have to respond, both by making resources available and by bending the free market rules that have proven so pliable when elite interests are in peril.”
5 years ago we were warned about the dangers of a new deadly virus and we did not take enough precautions and now we are grappling with containing the disease.
Today, we are being warned about the dangers posed by fossil fuels and climate change. I hope that we will not be dismissive of these dangers because in ten years time, we may not be able to reverse the damage caused by our ignorance.
Let’s not repeat the same mistakes we made with the pandemic.
No conspiracy theories are needed, no denialism will save us or future generations from the climate change consequences.
As she says:
“If you drink water and breath air, climate change is your business.”