‘The Grapes of Wrath‘ has produced a few responses across the globe. I keep hoping that a few more are moving from ignorance to knowledge. We need there to be hope in hell right now in our democracies where the votes of the citizens make all the difference. [And there is a virtual conference at Massey College in Toronto, November 19th – noon Toronto time. Check it out down the page.]
‘Hope in Hell‘ is the title of the book by Jonathon Porritt. He was interviewed on our ABC Radio National’s Science Show by Robyn Williams.
Jonathon Porritt says. ‘We may even have hope of avoiding hell if we act with wisdom.’ He adds – It’s the excitement of young people everywhere willing to drive change for a better future which gives him hope of avoiding hell.
‘Hope in Hell provides a brilliant analysis of humanity’s impact on the Earth. Jonathon Porritt still allows us a little hope, but absolutely no excuses for further delay, urging radical political action.
The big question is this. Will we act with wisdom?
On my first blog, back in February 2019, I went to the UK’s Astronomer Royal. In Thank you Martin Rees I quoted from his thoughtful work. On the Future Prospects for Humanity.
Sir Martin Rees wrote: It is the felt connection that helps us make the wiser decision.
Often poets awaken the felt response. See It’s Snowing Underwater – the blog for March 2019.
Sent to me by Professor Dietmar Muller, the poet is Dr Sam Illingworth, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at the Manchester Metropolitan University.
For Lewis Thomas we are The Fragile Species. Our fragility appears in so many ways. See his essay ‘Science and the Health of the Earth’ in this collection. See the blog – April 2020.
AXIOS is making clear what is happening to these fossil fuel giants that have been and still are protected by ‘The Carbon Club’ – See Marian Wilkinson’s book. AXIOS says that ‘Exxon has lost 54% of its value this year alone. That’s some $163 billion. By contrast, Chevron is down 42%, or $95 billion, while NextEra is up 23%, or $26 billion because it is focused on renewable energy.’ And don’t forget the Global Battery Alliance.
Jonathon Porritt tells us ‘…While politicians have only been able to deliver grudging incremental change, business now understands, talking about solid change and achievable goals.’ Have a look at Regenerative Agriculture for a vital change going on.
Hope also comes in the felt response from JoAnne Growney – JoAnne Growney, Silver Spring, MD @MathyPoems with this advanced notice from the Canadian poet, Alice Major. https://www.alicemajor.com/
A virtual conference is to take place November 19th 2020 at noon Toronto time.
Appropriately, the Massey College Motto in English is ‘Have the courage to be wise’.
Subject: Art and climate change.
Massey College in Toronto is putting on a virtual conference on short notice since the global conference on climate that should have happened this month in Glasgow has been postponed for a year because of covid-19. One of the sessions — in which Alice Major will be a panellist, along with Canada’s heritage minister and two other artists — is about the role of arts and climate change. https://www.masseycollege.ca/event/missing-cop26-arts-and-culture/
Eighty years on from ‘The Grapes of Wrath’, we certainly need hope in hell when too many politicians are still refusing to heed the warning.
A previous blog ‘It’s not easy being green’, remembering Ray Charles singing it, tried to give that blog a light touch. Now, we are moving beyond that light touch. So, I offer Jonathon Porritt, placing his hope in the young, in their excitement and drive to make a better future.
In ‘Taking a Stand’, I praised The Scientific American for taking a stand for science. In New Zealand, I found the work of Nicole Masters, agro-ecologist, working with farmers in NZ, Australia, America and Canada. Her book For the Love of Soil speaks of Regenerative Agriculture. The Australian farmer, Charles Massy, describes the value of regenerative farming in his book, The Call of the Reed Warbler.