In his book ‘Hope in Hell’ we are told, there is still hope. We may even have hope of avoiding hell if we act with wisdom. Jonathon Porritt says 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 no excuses for further delay, urging radical political action.
Jonathon Porritt was interviewed by Robyn Williams on our wonderful citizen-owned Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National’s Science Show.
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 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 that felt response. It’s Snowing Underwater –See the blog – 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. See his essay ‘Science and the Health of the Earth’ My blog – April 2020. AXIOS is making clear what is happening to fossil fuel giants that relied on ‘The Carbon Club’ – See Marian Wilkinson’s book. AXIOS says, ‘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.’
Jonathon Porritt says ‘…While politicians have only been able to deliver grudging incremental change, business now understands, talking about solid change and achievable goals.’
Hope also comes from JoAnne Growney – JoAnne Growney, Silver Spring, MD @MathyPoems with this information.
Advanced notice from the Canadian poet, Alice Major. https://www.alicemajor.com/
A virtual conference is to take place November 19th at noon Toronto time.
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/
Australia, despite the National Farmers Federation, the Business Council, the Australian Medical Association wanting us to commit to zero emissions by 2050, has a Coalition government determined to have a gas – fossil-fuel – led ‘recovery’. It refuses to make that commitment. So, we need wiser minds and hearts to prevail. And we need citizens in democracies like ours and in USA to stop sleep walking into the future we see coming all around us. Vote for politicians who care about the quality of the world they leave behind them.