In an earlier post I discussed my thoughts as to why people in developed nations are likely to want to ignore the issue of climate change. Life is comfortable and easy; no-one is starving, so anyone or anything that comes along to disturb that will be in for a short shrift.
Also many of those to whom I’ve spoken about what I am doing have mentioned that persuading people to take action now focusses on the benefits of change rather than the potential risks.
This all adds up and makes sense.
As soon as you try to persuade someone to change what they are doing and have done for as long as they can remember, people will resist. That resistance will grow further if there is a hint that what they are doing is actually a bad idea. So it makes sense to avoid that conversation, that impasse, that conflict; to align with people’s values and demonstrate the benefits of change.
While I recognise that as being sensible, I cannot but help think that the pace of change that can be achieved if all that is incentivising us is the potential benefits of green energy and other climate change mitigations, that the pace of change we will achieve will be too little, too late.
From what I understand from reading around the subject, we are fast running out of time to make the drastic changes needed to avoid the worst effects of climate change. Climate change is already having a profound effect on our lives with only a 0.8°C change, and there is another 1°C to come that we cannot avoid, stored up due to the delay in the climate system. There are tipping points out there that when reached will mean we lose any chance of redemption.
So maybe the message I should try to push is:
Look how great our lives could be if we embrace these changes – race to adopt new technologies, learn to enjoy each other’s company again and spend our time and money more wisely. And bear in mind what we are letting ourselves in for if we don’t. So let’s get on with it, there’s no time to waste.
Thoughts below as always.