DEGROWTH or CONFLICT

It’s really quite simple; those of us living above the breadline in developed nations have to stop flying, cut driving, and ditch consumerism. If we don’t, nature will do it for us, and the results will be spectacularly unpleasant.

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EVs are not (yet) for everyone. But the climate crisis is not a future event - it's here, now. While we ponder our transport options, people in Pakistan are drowning, the economic impact of repeat flooding is impacting infrastructure and insurance costs across the globe, watersheds are altering, the western USA is drying, wildfires are accelerating, and the oceans are rising and acidifying.

Our current lifestyles are unsustainable. Our kids will inherit a much less prosperous world. If we're not making an effort to cut carbon emissions, we're contributing to slow-motion genocide.

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Largely true; it's a classic case of the 'tragedy of the commons'. For those of us living in developed nations and above the breadline, it comes down to this: what changes in my lifestyle am I prepared to accept so my kids have a chance? Am I willing to stop flying? Drive less? Ditch consumerism? Am I willing to put some time into political action, and forcing the climate crisis into the public arena? We may well not succeed; but apathy is treason against our kids, and surrender is unthinkable. We have +2C locked in now; let's not wait till we hit +4C before we wake up.

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Graham Townsend

Graham Townsend

Background in chemical physics. Grew up in East Africa, lives in Christchurch NZ. Retired.