We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun*
As the world waits to know when we can breathe again, there is a slowing of pollution, a cutting of carbon dioxide, a downward tilt in the graph of endless emissions. And yet, there is a gathering pace of death. For most of us, something which had seemed a long way away, is suddenly close, up front, challenging. Now we know the word, emergency, for real. How few knew what was meant by climate emergency, how few responded. But when, and if, we get through this pandemic, weak and bound with debt, we will need urgently to take actions to lock in the highest priority for the planet, in all that we do, in our economy, in how we live, for us, for our children’s future.
*Seasons in the Sun, Terry Jacks (1974).
On Fire, The Burning Case for a Green New Deal, Naomi Klein.
The Future We Choose, Surviving the Climate Crisis, Christiana Figueres, & Tom Rivett-Carnac.