So says a climatologist:
“What is happening in Australia is a harbinger for other countries — a taste of what our future will look like if we don’t act now,” says renowned climatologist Michael Mann, a professor of atmospheric sciences at Penn State University, in an interview with CBC News.
I’m not so sure if we “act now” that we can escape Australia’s fate. Or that of Indonesia, which is experiencing record flooding.
Regardless, as I have been endeavoring to show in my occasional snapshot posts, many people seem to be preoccupied with other things these days, things that could be irrelevant sooner than later. The climate emergency simply hasn’t hit home for them — yet.
Perhaps I am more concerned than many others are about climate armageddon because I live in the forest in the Laurentians of Quebec. I love the forest. As a child, I couldn’t understand why anyone would choose to live anywhere but the forest.
I feel for the people in Australia and the Amazon and California who have lost their homes to fires. And the people of Indonesia who have lost theirs to flooding.
And all the wildlife . . .
Mann adds in the same article: “What the future holds is much worse in the absence of concerted action on climate.”
What will it take to get “concerted action on climate” now that would be truly effective in the short term?
Is there anything that can be done?
Can anybody offer me any words of encouragement?