If you are reading this and you are not aware that 1) Climate change is happening and threatens the future of all life on earth, 2) Tigers, elephants and rhinos are being ruthlessly poached to extinction, 3) Plastic waste is a serious threat to marine life, 4) Air quality in our cities is seriously endangering our health – I could go on. And on – then you are a very rare human. We ALL know about these issues. The critical question is why we haven’t been doing anything about it?
It’s always tempting to say it is because ‘they’ should be fixing it. The ‘they’ typically being politicians at local, national and international levels. But come on, look at them. The vast majority either genuinely don’t understand the severity of the problems, can only ever see in the short term, or are complicit in avoidance because they have vested interests.
‘They’ are not going to fix things at this point in time. Recently our government published its 25-year plan for the environment. God help us. Words, most of the important ones missing, and target dates set so long into the future I nearly wept. And to think we paid for it too.
Environmental care is simply not high enough up on their agenda, and plenty of the worst kind still think continued economic growth is somehow sustainable. And none even want to acknowledge that the single most dangerous threat to our planet is that there are too many humans on it. Too difficult, not a vote winner, never mind.
So what do we do?
We could pour another drink, sit back and watch our earth burn. Or we could acknowledge our conscience and predicament and start fixing things. And to do that all we sometimes need is a kick up the arse.