A Childhood No Longer Available

Here’s something interesting.

“See how global warming has changed the world since your childhood”

It will take some time for you to go through this but you would probably be well advised to take that time.  It is made by Australians and mostly covers the Australian situation but obviously has connotations for the rest of the world.

You are asked to select the year of your birth for comparison purposes.  If you are not too far through your lifespan there may not be much to compare.  I suggest that you also try selecting my birth year – 1945 – especially if you are of the opinion that this is something not to be too concerned about.

Concern is a big thing with climate change.  Scientists generally want you to be concerned, perhaps even a little scared – but not too scared – fearing the reaction that might ensue.  So they tend to dampen down what they say on the subject to some extent.  That is also evident here.  For instance, the chance that the planet’s warming can be held down to a rise of 1.5°C is so low as to be considered negligible, and yet the concept of doing that is the only hope anyone can hold out to an increasingly alarmed public.  They, the scientists who produce this type of report, must know, deep down, that this is not going to happen and it is kind of criminal to keep on holding out any hope for such.  Just keep watching the emissions as they rise, not fall.  Nobody wants or is prepared to live the kind of lifestyle that would be necessary to grant such a possibility.  So, in the end we will get what we ask for, which, by default, is what will happen from our not working purposefully and collectively and quickly (even if we started right now) towards any different result.        

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