It is a sign of the times that when Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, warned yesterday about the reality and impact of climate change, it attracted little attention from a British media more interested in judging Jeremy Corbyn and the re-formed Labour Party.
Climate change is the most serious issue in the world today, and yet who cares? Yes, there are men and women – scientists, environmentalists, activists, perhaps you – who understand the implications, but the people who can do something about it look the other way. They do not want to know, and indeed this inconvenient reality is ignored by the majority of us, we who depend upon the well-being of our Planet for life.
It does not matter if this weather-related revolution is caused by man or is a natural phenomenon of planetary adjustment: I believe it is both, and that we are almost past the time when something can be done. Mark Carney thinks so too, saying “The challenges currently posed by climate change pale in significance compared with what might come. The far-sighted amongst you are anticipating broader global impacts on property, migration and political stability, as well as food and water security……Once climate change becomes a defining issue, it may already be too late.”
The Governor was speaking in the context of the huge risk to financial stability from weather-related catastrophes, but he acknowledged, too, the civil and political implications of what is likely to come. He is right, and right, too, in saying that because it is a problem seen to be for the future, there is little interest among world leaders in addressing it at this time.
It is interesting how many people choose to believe that the significant results of climate change will be felt generations from now, and so we do not have to worry about it. It may come much sooner than we think, and scientific evidence of accelerated warming of the seas and other signs continues to accumulate, only, largely, to be ignored.
While I believe I will be a witness and a part of the revolution that is occurring on Earth, I am not fearful of what is to come through climate change. Gaia is re-balancing herself after an era of being exploited by man, and our world will be cleaner, lighter and purer as a result of a few years of massive shaking-up.
The natural world can adapt to a changed environment after only one generation, and so can we. It has to happen, and we have to learn.