We no longer have the luxury of facing one catastrophe at a time. And the underlying cause is our slavish devotion to perpetual growth.
Climate change is more about increasing extremes than one-way changes. Drought and deluge can go together as seen in Death Valley last week.
Adaptation to climate change alone is already a failed strategy.
After nine long years of an increasingly far-right, climate change denying Liberal National Party coalition (LNP) government, the citizens of Australia voted for change.
I enter summer with a sense of foreboding, not only about a simmering war in Ukraine, but also the stability of basic energy infrastructure and our ability to function if the lights, computers, and the water, sewer and gasoline pumps go out for an extended period.
All eyes are on Russia and Ukraine. But the calamitous changes we humans have wrought in the Earth’s climate and other major systems are making our societies more fragile by the day whether we are paying attention or not.
Though often depoliticised by compartmentalising different problems, across society decisions on energy and the environment are innately tied to lifestyle and consumption.
We waited too long to begin the inevitable transition away from fossil fuels.
The climate movie Don’t Look Up has a lot to teach activists, in fact anyone concerned about our future.
Climate wise it’s clear that as we limp from ‘21 to ‘22 those who want to protect the economy from needed climate mitigation are still firmly in control.
You know a satirical movie has hit its target when the mainstream reviewers call it “shrill” and “overblown.”
Hardening our infrastructure against the effects of climate change on our electrical grid, our drainage and sewer systems, and our roads and bridges seems like a no-brainer.