I am worried about the future Not my future so much. Frankly, at 72, how many years do I have left? How many good years? Even less. I worry about the future of my grandchildren. I have 4 of them between the ages of 2 and 15. Their future is frightening.
But the present is already bad enough. British Columbia, long thought of as a province with mild climate, this past year produced a high of 49.6ºc this year. It now holds the record for the hottest day in Canada. That record was 5ºC above the previous high! During that heat wave an estimated 1 billion marine animals died in the waters off the west coast. This has already happened. It is not in the far distant future.
This year Madagascar had the worst drought in 40 years leaving a million people facing food shortages. The climate writer David Wallace said this meant it was a “permanent emergency.” That is where we are now.
Yet where is our political will now? As the Guardian said, “So far, binding commitments to make the cuts in carbon emissions need to avoid temperature rises above 2C are notable by their absence.” The countries of the world are about to meet in Scotland. Will they do any better? I doubt it. I hope I’m wrong.
The Guardian talked about “threats” because it is likely that the computer models are underestimating those threats. It also warned about “nightmarish possibilities.”
What about nightmarish realities that are already with us?