When I hear people downplaying the risks of climate change, I think of how unevenly the effects will be felt. Marginally by the downplayers, most likely, but what about those living in deltas or Pacific Islands with nowhere else to go? Our government has decided that desperate people arriving in boats do not deserve to live in Australia. How much acknowledgement and compassion will “economic refugees” of climate change receive?
The Age of Transition, http://www.ageoftransition.org/, looks at what we need to consider in the face of what’s at stake:
“For the first time in the evolution of life on Earth a single species is seriously disrupting the biosphere’s life support systems. Our future now depends on reshaping our presence within the planet’s community of life.”
It describes denial as operating on two levels: “The first is the intellectually and morally effete purveyors of unlimited growth who simply deny any problem exists. Theirs is a kind of willful, head-in-the-sand obtuseness driven by ideological dogma or shameless self-interest.
The second is the whistling-in-the-dark advocates of sustainability who cling to the possibility of a managed transition decades after it ceased to be a viable option.”
This work is about the anxiety and vulnerability of those who risk losing their place.