“I find it hard to exaggerate the peril, this is the new extinction and we are half way through it. We are in terrible, terrible trouble and the longer we wait to do something about it the worse it is going to get.” Sir David Attenborough
Antarctic and Arctic ice caps are melting six times faster than in the 1990s, according to climate scientists, who are sending even more urgent code red alarms for world leaders to act. They won’t move, of course, and as a result, we can expect ecosystem and economic collapse within decades.
For those of us in the first world, the climate crisis is still treated as a future threat even though millions of people are dying daily.
The coronavirus threat is getting the critical media attention that it deserves. The danger is indeed imminent, and most people are taking measures to protect themselves, their friends, and their families. Because I am pushing sixty-five and the fact that I have underlying health issues, I am mesmerized by the daily news of Trump’s incompetence, and of the protective measures necessary to slow the spread of the virus. I am conscious of the fact that it is not all about me and my health. It is about the survival of future generations, and if we don’t address the urgency of the climate crisis with the same media attention and determination to act as we have with COVID-19, we will be dealing with billions of deaths as a result.