photo: Carbon Arc (flickr)
When I was in high school and people were looking for an excuse other than ‘cause it makes me look cool’ to justify taking up smoking, they would often say ‘well you’ve got to die of something, right?’
The insanity of paying to give yourself cancer aside, this classic addict’s response is something I’m seeing increasingly in people trying to deny taking action to avoid the destruction that humanity is causing through climate change, which will kick into the rest of our planetary systems in the next decades.
It’s easy to see why – when you benefit from the fossil fuel status quo; when it makes you money, gives you a job, and pads your RRSP, it’s really comforting to wrap yourself in denial of the consequences of your actions and think of some magical technology or silver bullet that the next generation (not you) will create.
Don’t think about the climate crisis – just keep living the unsustainable dream! After all, we all have to die of something, right?
Well yes, but it’s not the deniers who will be dying from the consequences of climate inaction, which makes this a different moral dilemma.