Skip the preamble and start the paragraph that begins “OK, enough preamble. We have to consider what future we’re likely to plan for, and my starting point is the inevitable. I do not believe we’re going to restrain climate change, and it will get very very bad.”
It’s a very good article – some of the best bits here…
Climate change is a long-term problem, so it’s worth asking who is doing the adapting? Who is trying to mitigate the damage? For the most part, it is those in childhood now who we need to equip for a future full of uncertainty, and I cannot stress enough the importance of education as an antidote to fear and irrationality in an increasingly uncertain world.
The kind of education I’m talking about isn’t the stuff of state schools. It is the stuff of the individual, of independent thought, of brave enquiry, of dignity and self-reinforcing respect, for others and for the self. It is the value of a non-material life, of spiritualism, of defining oneself through actions that are worthy, selfless, creative and generous. It is not the education of anxiety, of incomprehension, of blame and revenge, of ownership and complacency, cruelty and complaint….
and near the end of it
The less we want, the more we appreciate what we have. Teach children not to be consumed with desires, while lamenting what they don’t have. Consumerism demands we be restless and unfulfilled for all our lives. It’s a shabby trick, and it’s time we countered this crude propaganda, because we keep falling for it over and over again.
You might also want to teach your kids a martial art. The future is going to get ugly.