“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” ~ Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Dear World Leaders,
Many of us have put our hopes in these negotiations, but also know we can’t expect too much: there are many constraints and challenges (economic, social and even psychological) and there are also many competing interests.
But there are no many “negotiations” when governments decide to start or continue wars that would kill thousands; nor when governments (elected by us and supported by our taxes) decide to approve research and projects that affect the wellbeing or even long time survival of entire ecosystems (and therefore human); or when corporations and businesses are allowed (through complex trade agreements) to hire and exploit human beings in countries where regulations are sub-human; or when employers in our own (developed?) countries strip workers of their benefits or abuse their rights; or when debt and runoff consumerism have everyone slave to debt…I’m digressing
But if you are serious about what you say about climate change, and smart enough to know that it is “not only” catastrophic climate change (already here and getting worse) but also soil erosion, water pollution, biodiversity loss and general resource depletion (in a nutshell, we are doomed), then you need to act as real leaders and treat this as what it really is: a global emergency and the worst and more dangerous threat to human existence (and all the other species existence)
If you do that, here is what we expect from you:
Sounds a bit radical?
Wars, famines, displacement of peoples and species, using up all the resources so there is nothing left for future generations (or others living in other regions), destroying other people’s livelihoods out of greed and selfishness, polluting the only planet that gives us life, food and shelter, playing with our and our children’s future, that’s “radically” wrong! And all that is already happening…
Sound a bit unrealistic?
Unrealistic is thinking we can continue this way and get some sort of magical fix so we can breathe and continue polluting, ransacking and misusing the planet, other humans and species…
“There are many things that seem impossible only so long as one does not attempt them.”
~ André Gide, Autumn Leaves
Each one of us can start (some of us have already started) to try this “managed” Degrowth Path: is not a “going back”, it is a “going forward” as it is the only ethical way to have any hope of survival (and thriving) in both the near and far future…
The descent will come anyway: if not planned, it will be messy, painful, terrible and unfair (it is already happening for many human beings and other species through loss of habitat and food; loss of dignity by unemployment and bankruptcy, homelessness, “natural” disasters, debt, disguised slavery, social injustices, terrorism and war)…it is in our and your (leaders) hands, to define whether we want it “to happen to us” or we want to navigate it with dignity.
Thank you for reading
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
~ André Gide
“The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed. The Economist, December 4, 2003” ~ William Gibson
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