Hey, everybody, we’re in a crisis, a climate crisis, and unless we act fast to cut carbon emissions, life is going to get more and more uncomfortable, and life-threatening for many. After reading the Guardian article “Our planet is in crisis. But until we call it a crisis, no one will listen,” it’s clear that we’ve got to demand our representatives act decisively now, because our lives, our children’s lives and those of future generations are at stake. The climate crisis is a planet-wide existential threat that requires urgent action to ameliorate the worst effects that will happen if we don’t act collectively now. Millions will suffer or die from prolonged extreme heat, and frequent fierce storms will bring hurricane force winds and torrential rains that cause floods that inundate fields, towns, even cities (remember what Sandy did to New York, what Harvey did to Houston, or what María did to Puerto Rico?).
We can probably defuse the climate crisis, but we can’t stop it entirely. To slow down the inevitable will require both a national effort akin to the moon mission or the mobilization mounted to fight World War II. Internationally, the UN must coordinate similar national efforts from all the signatories to the 2015 Paris Agreement. To date, there’s been more talk than action, and many countries are lagging badly in meeting even the insufficient targets they committed to in Paris. All countries need to realize that the existential threat is global, that the climate crisis affects everyone, and that local concerns pale in comparison. They and we must summon the political will to overcome what are petty trifles when compared to the imminent threat of societal collapse in the face of choking pollution, killing heat, widespread hunger due to crop failures, and hordes of climate refugees fleeing their flooding coastal cities or certain death at home given the breakdown of agriculture, the economy, and social order. The UN Secretary General and the Pope have both deplored the inaction of nations and implored them to act with alacrity. The eminences and the scientists have all spoken. Now it’s time for citizens of the world to act to force the powerful of governments and corporations to collaborate to end the threat of impending horror.