Tremendous reply - thank you !
I just read another reply from @ditton, and Gil outlined the problem in similarly stark terms. In short, the magnitude of what really needs to be done seems overwhelming - and it is daunting.
Realistically, we, the people of Earth, with our diversity of cultures and ways of life - we don’t know what to do, exactly, and most perhaps, are not aware of the scale of the problem, which you have so forcefully outlined.
If you are correct, and ditton is correct - in that people simply cannot change that quickly voluntarily, then only two outcomes seem plausible:
- Jared Diamond’s “Collapse”
- A high tech solution to buy time - suck the CO2 out of the atmosphere over a thirty year period, i.e., as quickly as we put the CO2 into the environment. Interestingly, the late Wallace Broecker was on board with this last high tech solution - and Wally was a very practical man.
Greta has sparked this little on line discussion - and the scale of the fix we are all in is seeing the light of day for the first time, I think, on social media. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much I think. Meadows, of “Limits to Growth”, not unlike ditton, has given up on the human race’s ability to confront this situation.
Since giving up is not an option - what Greta has begun, we all must finish - no matter the stakes - no matter the inadequacy of our attempts to survive.
I switched my life twenty years ago to enough and not more - I think we need to remove CO2 from the atmosphere on a war footing, with government restrictions on cars, including electric, to sustain whatever agriculture comes to dominate our food chain.
Once on a war footing, a war for survival, then things can happen, as people’s attention wordwide, in every culture, will focus on what is truly important - survival.
Here in Calgary, the weather is about to crash, with rain, snow and cold replacing milder autumn weather.
In Australia, you are moving towards summer, and the fierce heat of The Anthropocene, which will soon render most of your island continent uninhabitable.