Climate Change is still a concept to many; it does not look us in the eye everyday and threaten our very survival. Not yet
Behind-the-scenes thoughts on climate change denialists and the battle of redefining humanity.
There is a folk tale in Ethiopia that goes something like this. “There are two people lying in a bed and an animal begins to eat one of them. The person not being eaten does not worry as the animal is eating the other and he need not be troubled as the animal will be full on finishing the first. When the animal has finished eating the first person it begins to eat he who was not worried”. The moral of the story? “The problem facing one person will eventually eat the other”.
Speaking to the group from Ethiopia following their talk they questioned why we as developed nations with democratically elected governments weren’t doing more to change things. I questioned our ability to realise the extreme nature of this problem. Water comes from the tap, food from the shop and at a stretch from the garden. We live unhindered lives, though we might think twice about travelling by plane. With wealth comes apathy. Climate Change is still a concept to many; it does not look us in the eye everyday and threaten our very survival. Not yet.
I’m questioning why there are still denialists? Why politicians are not acting? Why is it taking so long for humanity to wake up? Why as a society that has based itself on scientific fact suddenly decided not to listen to the scientists? Us “developed” people must understand that when we turn on the kettle it has an effect on someone else, somewhere. Every action has an impact or consequence. It’s the laws of nature and physics. A good start to understanding this effect is to sign on to Footprint Diary in order to monitor your personal impact on the developing world in making a cup of tea or watering the garden. Raising awareness and creating change from the bottom up is a very necessary solution.
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I want the anti – wind – farm – posh – coalition featured in the Age of Stupid to be told the Ethiopian farmers story face to face. How there were once 40 streams in his area, now there is only one due to continued drought. That he quarrels over water with his extended family on the next block of land. And the posh are worried about the view from their land of hope and glory estates.
George Monbiot says, “This is bigger than climate change. It is a battle to redefine humanity.” Well said. The hungry animal is redefining us already.