“We are already behind. Climate change has already cost my daughter a lot. But human beings are good at decisive bravery when it is clear we must act.”
World War II was ugly, violent, uncomfortable, but involved thousands of people acting decisively against a common evil. My grandfather and nana served in the war, knowingly putting their way of life, interests and even their very futures on the line because they saw something monstrous approaching on the horizon. It threatened all the lives of the people they knew and so they acted.
Last year, I learned about the full extent of our 10-year time limit to stop the collapse of the climate that supports our ability to live at all. When I saw the clear reality that a war on the climate had been declared and that we have a timeline to win it, my perspective and priorities changed.
We need to show that it is possible to live differently and transform our nation in a matter of a couple years, exactly like we did in the Second World War.
This election, I’m looking to all political parties for creativity, but most of all courage. I won’t even look at a party that doesn’t have a meaningful climate plan. A middle ground is no longer possible when it comes to the climate collapse.
If we don’t engage our imaginations to make something new, something different, we will make my daughter suffer.
Librarian and father