WEEKLY QUOTE: Feb 22 2020
“Farmers are on the front lines of climate change. They’re dealing with the impacts already and being required to find solutions. What we’re saying is the burden shouldn’t be on farmers alone.”Jane Rabinowicz, the executive director of SeedChange
NEWS AND VIEWS FROM AROUND THE WEB ON CLIMATE CHANGE
“My wife and I will leave it to someone else to try and avoid disaster … we’ve decided that as long as they can postpone the collapse until we’re dead, we’ll be OK.”Barry Rueger
What Will Be Lost is a series of reported stories and essays exploring the ways climate change is affecting our relationship to one another, to our sense of place and to ourselves.
Last year was when the endless bush fires in Australia convinced me and my wife, Susan, that climate change was unstoppable. It’s also when we realized that we likely will avoid seeing the worst of the climate emergency.
At 64 and 74 years of age, my wife and I believe there’s a good chance that we’ll be gone before coastal cities are flooded, the ice caps have melted, and the planet descends into a “Mad Max” dystopia. We would like to think that this isn’t what the future has in store, but the intransigence of almost all governments to actually slow carbon emissions leaves little doubt that things are unlikely to turn around.
One of the things that age gives you is a sense of history, a feeling that you’ve seen patterns repeat and that you can see where things are heading in the near future. Over and over again, we’ve seen corporations and governments ignore the people they should protect in order to line their own pockets. What has changed now is that they’re sacrificing an entire planet instead of a town or a country. I would like to believe that the younger people marching with Greta Thunberg could change that, but honestly I can’t see it happening.