It is essential that we all quickly become aware of the situation and act to stop emitting green house gases in every way possible. Many, many people are studying the problem and working for change. We have just enough time to turn this situation around, if we act quickly. The upcoming decade will be critical.
As we well know, our economic systems, with their embedded drives for profit regardless of the damage done, have shown themselves to be incompatible with an ecologically sustainable society. To save the environment, we must fundamentally change these systems and end the oppression and exploitation they are built on. How can we make space to imagine what would a good life for everyone might mean?
We have the privilege to be teaching at an important and influential university with students that already have and will have an immense potential to intervene in the necessary coordinated global effort to reduce inequities and create a rational economy—one that allows everyone the possibility to have a good life. How are we preparing our students to explore and experiment with their creativity and leadership to engage in this social challenge?
The populations most vulnerable to climate extremes are the ones that have been targeted with genocide, oppression, exploitation, and war. Therefore, solutions to climate change must include the thinking and perspectives of these people – how can we enable this?
We are at a crucial moment to think through these questions as what we do in the next decade will have big effects on all future generations and all species. We can play a significant role. What do we need to discuss to be open to this? What support do we need to be able to think this through?
Created with images by Markus Spiske - "Fridays for future - global climate strike on the European elections (May 24 2019)"