Sunday, 25 September 2011

Scrooge moment

In  Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is shown the misery of the poor by the Ghost of Christmas Present and then he is made aware of his own imminent death, and the reaction to it, by The Ghost of Christmas Future.
 I feel that we have been granted this "Scrooge moment." Through scientific data gathering and modelling, we are able to glimpse the broad outline of our future environment and have a fair idea of the impact this will have on our lives.  At the moment, we continue on pretty much as before: there are some minor changes but we are not really diverting from the path we have been on since the industrial revolution. 

The oncoming crisis demands our full attention.  It should replace Big Brother and Celebrity Chef at the forefront of our media and our minds. 

We have such a limited window of opportunity, it is essential to act with real determination now.   We must be the heroes of the moment, not idle spectators. 

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