I’m beginning to get an idea of how the biblical Noah felt — if there was such an individual who tried to warn people about the impending doom.
But the story says he was the only one telling people about the coming flood.
In today’s world, there are many voices crying out about climate armaggedon, and there are industry leaders and politicians promising change — in a decade or two or three from now.
It’s not good enough. We need action now, today.
The pandemic has proven that if there’s a will, we can find a way to shut things down in a hurry. It was a matter of survival.
But no such will seems to exist for the climate emergency that is upon us now, killing sea life by the billions, cooking fruit on the trees, creating forest fires and smothering people to death in their beds at night.
This is the proverbial end time the writers of the Bible were talking about, the time when “the living would envy the dead” and when there would be no place to hide.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m no Bible thumper. I think the people who wrote those predictions 2,000 years ago could see where human selfishness would lead, because it was happening in their time, too. They didn’t need a crystal ball or divine revelations.
The baby boomers were the last hope for this planet, and they let it down. We let it down. And collectively, we will continue to let it down until our last breath. And so will younger generations following in our paths of “let’s live for today.” But their today won’t last as long as ours did.
I am frustrated by the lack of action and the lack of will. Our politicians, industry owners and CEOs have let us down. And we’ve let ourselves down by behaving like dumb cattle willing to let them herd us. We should have stood up to them.
Is it too late now?
Well, it’s not too late to take a stand and perhaps restore some dignity in our lives. We can call for the prosecution of the people still alive who created this mess, and we can immediately reduce our personal carbon footprints.
But we can’t stop the karma that is befalling us now.
Our only hope is that civilization can adapt and survive the inferno, and lessen the impact on future generations.
But I know that won’t happen. Because people are either too selfish or too stupid to do anything about it.
They will eat, drink and be merry, and tomorrow civilization will die.