Guilt, Feelings Of Doom, Helplessness – The Climate Change Dilemma


Read this:  The subject of Climate Change provokes many differing emotions in all of us.  Many of them we are not effectively equipped to deal with.  Nevertheless we must.  The article below found in The World Wildlife Magazine, by Lou Leonard looks at many of these ways we deal with sych an overwhelming issue.  As recently stated by Dr. Jim Yong Kim President, World Bank Group “we know that if we don’t confront climate change, there will be no hope of ending poverty or boosting shared prosperity. Furthermore, the longer we delay, the higher the cost will be to do the right thing for our planet and our children.”  Leonard goes on saying that “Climate change is almost always told as a bad news story.”  He sights examples, some of which many of us had not considered like “in the years leading up to the Syrian civil war, the region suffered from the worst drought in its modern history. As Abu Khalil, a local commander in the Syrian opposition and a former cotton farmer, put it, this is ‘a revolution of hungry people.'”  Leonard stresses the urgency saying “Carbon pollution is causing climate impacts already—today, decades ahead of schedule.”  And, of course,  there is the desperation argument that there is nothing we can do about it.  But “unfortunately, that’s been proven not to be the case, and we need to begin to acknowledge the aspect of interdependence that is our effect on the environment even as the environment affects us. ”  The arctic is the real indicator we need to watch.  As Margaret Williams, leader of WWF’s Arctic program, says, “This isn’t Las Vegas; what happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic.”

On the positive side Leonard says “While our climate system is changing faster than expected, so too are our energy, food and forest systems. And public attitudes and calls for action are also changing. In this case, the changes are not only fast, but many are really positive. Even better: these solutions are uniting rather than dividing us, which makes us stronger and more resilient for what’s ahead.”

There is too much in this excellent article to try to rehash here.  Please invest the time to read the complete article.  You will be better off for having done so.


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