Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report has just been published. As is the way these days snippets have been released before publication and the headline is that the scientists say that they are 95% certain that climate change is mainly, or dominantly caused by human activity. 

I will read as much of the report as I can, but until I do I have to make just bone observation. If you were told, before getting on a plane, that the plane was 95% likely to crash, you would not get on the plane. If you were on the plane and it was about to take off you and no doubt all the passengers and crew would switch the plane’s engines off and disembark. No one would get on that plane until it had been rendered safe.

But we cannot get off our planet; there is no exit, so we must do all we can to make our planet safe.

The character of climate change is that it is a long term danger. there is very little danger that climate change will kill me in my lifetime, and it will only kill a few humans by extreme weather events from time to time in the next year.  So, because the danger is not perceived as a present danger, we ignore it, perhaps trusting to future generations to solve the problem when it is more pressing and immediate and when it becomes a present danger.

We tend to divorce climate change from our own human activity, which is ironic in light of the scientists’ statement that climate change is caused by human activity.

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