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Climate change: the only game in town?

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Brief prologue

Prior to 2019, I knew that climate change was an increasingly worrying problem for later this century. I also understood that although there are many effective actions that humans can take, there was insufficient political will to take those actions. So I resigned myself to the idea that "only when it gets much worse will humans see the need for change". I suspect many educated people took, or take, a similar view. But then in 2019, thanks to the efforts of many concerned climate scientists and activists, I was woken up and I finally 'got it'.

I got this:-

There is no time left to wait for the situation to get worse, to wait for humanity to directly sense the coming disaster and react. By then it will be way too late; we will be on an irreversible path to the possible extinction of humanity. This century.

We're in a climate emergency. We're heading towards a climate catastrophe.

So in 2019, I began my ongoing personal transformation into some type of eco-warrior. It's been a life-affirming process. I've made many new, like-minded friends as a result of joining Extinction Rebellion and taking part in recent actions. I am discovering my own comfort zone. Do I want to take a lead and in what way? Do I want to simply offer my support, as a soldier or a donor? Am I willing to be arrested for a noble cause? Or do I just want to be led by my democratically-chosen representatives? Do I want to try and run away and build a survivalist bolt-hole?

To start to answer, I feel I can be an educator and campaigner. That involves first climbing some steep learning curves: the science, the politics and the human psychology. As a first offering, I have sifted through some of the overwhelming profusion of information that has blossomed recently. Below and on the right are links to useful web resources.

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