Imagine a meteor on a collision course with the earth. We don’t know exactly when it will get here or what it will do, but we know it will be a big impact. And we may be able to head it off … but it may already be too late. That’s climate change. To some extent, that’s all environmental problems. And that’s really scary.
So, why are we not panicking?
I think we humans are generally unable to process this kind of danger. We’re built to understand immediate, specific, tangible threats. We care about and empathize with individuals, not populations. Not something like this — a threat so large that it could mean global economic and social collapse and, in some scenarios, human extinction.
Confronted by a problem like this, we have basically two choices. We can ignore it and hope it goes away (this seems to be the most common tactic so far). Or we can try to do something about it. And for me, that requires thinking through the problems, logically and carefully, and figuring out what actions make sense. And it requires hope.
That’s what this blog is for: thinking through environmental issues, with logic and hope. It’s for considering and evaluating problems ands solutions to figure out what’s happening, what matters, and what we can do.