Begging for more than small change

That’s what I’m talkin’ about….– I couldn’t agree with this guy more. The time for small relatively painless changes in our behaviors is gone. We’re are now to the place that unless we make large wholesale and painful changes to how we are doing things – we are toast.

– And, given my reading of human nature -I’m betting we’re going to be toast.

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Small changes to the way we live our lives are not enough to tackle the environmental challenges facing the planet, argues Tom Crompton. In this week’s Green Room, he says the stark reality is that the only option is to cut the unsustainable consumption of the Earth’s finite resources.

Almost daily, it seems, scientists’ prognoses about the state of our planet grow evermore dire.

Take climate change, for example. Just last week, a new study suggested that sea levels could rise by up to one-and-a-half metres by the end of this century, with catastrophic impacts for low-lying countries.

This is more than three times as high as the most pessimistic projections of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Yet some climatologists are suggesting that even this is a huge under-estimate of the likely extent of sea level rise.

In the face of mounting evidence of profound environmental challenges, the insistence that we can tackle these by embracing a few simple and painless changes – switching to low-energy light bulbs or buying a hybrid car – feels increasingly unrealistic.


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