It is the time to do all we can to educate ourselves about climate change.
Climate change is the cause of extreme weather events worldwide and will be the driving force behind rising food prices. It seems likely it is melting Arctic sea ice that is profoundly affecting the jet stream, causing more droughts in the US 'breadbasket,' and more wet and cold summers in Britain.
Our world is changing beyond all recognition, and more rapidly than we expected. We thought we had more time to respond to such events, but the work of many scientists is showing acceleration in the rate of climate change.
Meanwhile, not only in Britain and the USA but around the world, attention continues to be focused upon economic growth. The subject dominates the news as the unquestionable and taken-for-granted goal of governments and business, ignoring the fact that economic growth is the major force behind climate change.
The economy can grow, but not in the way it has. Economic action must shift from the unsustainable and polluting practices it has employed in the past to growth within the boundaries of the Earth economy. Like the traditional farmer, we must understand that the amount we can get out of a field is based upon the creation of long term fertility. We cannot cash in all the nutrients at once or we will destroy the field. We must carefully nurture the field so that it produces increased harvests by careful husbandry over the long term. In this case, the field is the entire planet, and we have been taking short term profits by cashing in its energy reserves.
The results have now come home to us. The emission of greenhouse gasses from our industries is warming the earth at a tremendous rate. The consequences of our actions will destroy the biodiversity we need to live. The most fragile ecosystems like coral reefs and rivers will be the first to collapse, followed by oceans and forests. The multi-million year old evolution of humanity upon planet Earth will come to an end because we grew too quickly in our industrial age.
We must stop thinking about economic growth as a means in itself for our well-being and concentrate instead upon it as the means by which we live in balance with the ecosystem of the Earth. Our artists, songwriters and poets need to be inspired by it and lead us into action. Our writers, academics, film and documentary makers need to focus all their efforts upon it.
Our scientists, economists, engineers, school teachers, churches, temples, mosques, educational institutions, research establishments, military institutions, work places and businesses should have balance with Life on Earth as their primary goal. All our efforts need to be directed towards living in a wise, co-operative, reciprocal, protective, sustainable and equitable harmony with Life on Earth. We will have to do it eventually, so why not start now?