Mainstream media has been awash with political rhetoric and mudslinging from both sides of the political divide, over the causes of the fires, who’s to blame and the ‘unprecedented’ nature of these events. Politicians are ducking for cover from protesters, experts and citizens who are expressing anger and frustration from the lack of action and leadership demonstrated by the coalition government.
The climate emergency terminology captured international media attention and after very little progress in the first two years, it suddenly started to spread to government authorities, and beyond. Currently there are over 1,000 local government authorities in 20 countries having declared a climate emergency with a total of approximately 226 million citizens living in a municipality, region or nation of a declared emergency.
The success of Greta Thunberg has been astronomical in putting the climate debate front of stage throughout the mainstream media, with television, radio and the Internet awash with Greta mania. While there seems to be a rush for a renewable future with an emphasis on solar, wind and a host of other techno fixes, it seems most of the low hanging fruit are being overlooked.
From transport and housing to food production and fashion, our civilisation is driving climate and ecological breakdown. It’s no coincidence that almost every single sector of industry is contributing to the planet’s downfall, either. A deeper issue underlies each one’s part in the malaise enveloping the planet’s ecosystems – and its origins date back to long before the industrial revolution.
Mik Aidt who has been instrumental in developing the ‘Climate Emergency’ web site and contributing to the success of the ‘climate emergency declaration’ movement globally. The climate emergency terminology has captured international media attention and has spread to government authorities, and beyond, over the last few years.
Creeping normalcy is a term used to describe how gradual changes can be accepted as the normal situation if these changes happen slowly, or incrementally. Jared Diamond made the term 'creeping normalcy' popular in his Pulitzer prize winning book, Collapse - How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. Diamond outlines how Politicians use the term ‘creeping normalcy’ to refer to such slow trends concealed within noisy fluctuations.
2018 saw significant drought affect Europe, Argentina, South Africa and much of Australia. It is estimated the economic cost of the Australian drought could be as much as $12 billion.
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Article by: Andrew Martin author of, Rethink... Your World, Your Future and Director of Rethink Consulting
We are living through interesting, uncertain and challenging times. This period of transition will present challenges and opportunities for business, individuals, society and communities. While the problems are daunting there are solutions. We already have the tools, resources and collective knowledge to facilitate significant change and redesign how we live to become more resilient.