Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

We Are All Sleepwalking towards Annihilation

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

We Are All Sleepwalking towards Annihilation

Article excerpt

Another year, another Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, another set of empty promises to do something about global warming. We are sleepwalking towards self-destruction. Lying awake at night, I find myself wondering when we will collectively wake up to the major existential threat that humanity faces from intensifying ecological destruction.

I genuinely fear that everything we have built for our children will turn to dust if we fail to heal the deep wounds that we have inflicted on their planet. Like muddled moths lusting for a flame, mankind has flown ever closer to the petroleum furnaces. The Earth gets hotter and we are blinded by its bright burn. We cannot overplay this threat, yet we are paralysed. The truth is so terrible that stating it seems like alarmist fearmongering.

Of course, we are all sleeping soundly now. The worst and most terrifying effects of climate change remain outside our lived experience. …

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