First of all, apologies for the long break! I’ve been on holiday and caught up with moving house and dealing with work etc. But now I am back and hitting the ground running!
So on the recommendation of a friend, I read This Changes Everything, by Naomi Klein, a Canadian author and environmental activist. After reading the excellent but rather dated book Biomimicry by Janine Benyus last year, I was looking forward to reading something that followed on from this, explaining the various ways being implored to tackle climate change, usually those which relied on science and engineering, and telling us that everything will probably be ok in the end as long as we start acting in the next decade or so.
However Klein’s story offered a much starker truth. The earth is dying because of our reckless, deluded lifestyles, and we have no more than a year to change radically the attitudes and actions of the entire world. And this isn’t because not enough people aren’t turning off their light switches or are driving to work, but the problem resides at a much greater scale, in particular, western governments. Now I have never really been into politics, but This Changes Everything opened up the world of governments based on neoliberal capitalism and how they are devastating this planet to a point of no return, due to arrogance and purposeful ignorance of the fact that climate change exists, and it is their responsibility to do something about it.