Seven things about climate crisis that you probably didn't know, but should. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
You've probably heard the news by now, but it needs repeating: last month was the hottest June for the world on record. Period. July is setting up to continue the string of record setting temperatures around the planet. And as the climate scientists keep reminding us...we're just getting started. I didn't share this information to depress you, but to provide you with some additional information about this existential crisis that seems to be picking up in speed and intensity. As a Futurist, my job is to make sure you have the best researched information that exists so that you'll make good informed decisions going forward. To that end, let me provide you with seven pieces of data that you may not have known about this crisis that will affect your entire life.
1. There is a 1 billion dollar climate denial industry . Books, movies, papers, lecturers, think tanks....a lot of money is being invested into denying climate change is actually a thing. Most of this money comes from sources that have a lot of money tied up in the fossil fuel industry.
2. We may be wired to avoid climate crisis. In his book "Don't Even Think About It" Environmentalist George Marshall points to research that indicates our brains can't wrap itself around the enormity of a threat to our existence, so we do nothing. I would challenge his conclusions only by saying we end up doing nothing because the climate denial industry has muddied the waters, thus, we end up saying "I don't know who to believe". Then , we end up doing nothing.
3. The effects of climate crisis seem to be happening a lot faster than what the experts expected. This is especially true for the oceans. They seem to be warming quite a bit faster than anyone expected. We're also seeing more extremes play out to climate crisis related-disaster at the rate of at least once a week in the world.
4. We need to move the conversation from climate crisis mitigation to climate crisis adaptation. There is a growing consensus from the scientific community that we're past the point of being able to reduce our carbon emissions and should now start putting our money and investments ALSO into creating adaptive cities, communities and other ways to ensure human survival and quality of life in a dramatically hostile world.
5. Our silos are literally killing us. There are so many causes that have champions. It's not that those causes aren't important, but our failure to tie them into climate crisis is mind-boggling. Yes, it's possible that we can save the honey bees through our non-profit focused on creating honey bee sanctuaries. But if we don't adapt to climate crisis, saving the bees won't matter.
6. Carbon capture technology is still a long way out. Even more, it lacks political will. By the time it can get some, we'll be way past the point of being able to make a meaningful dent in the process.
7. Communities hold the key. While our governments are sidelined, it will take communities to help us prepare for a dramatically different world.
There is hope. Climate crisis provides us with the greatest opportunity to push the reset button on the ideas that brought us to this point in the first place. Let's take advantage of that opportunity.
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org