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Making the World We Want To Live In

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  • Steve July 22, 2012, 4:06 pm

    An interesting link, thanks Linda. Do you agree with it, that good jobs, health, and happiness are all in decline?

  • Linda Cockburn July 22, 2012, 4:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing that Linda. A great little reminder of our role and the next step in taking it past being responsible consumers.

  • Linda July 22, 2012, 5:28 pm

    Hi Steve, I believe they are all under great threat. “Believe” is actually the wrong word. Climate change science predicts that without a huge cultural shift, we are unlikely to hit the 2 degree target, and that above that the risk of very bad things – cataclysmic fires, droughts, floods, heatwaves, nasty diseases, crop failures, food shortages, climate refugees, extinctions – increases exponentially. I’m not so arrogant as to think I know better than the hundreds of thousands of the world’s best scientists, much as I would wish I could just get on with my own very, very good life. And I don’t like Russian roulette. Specially when there’s no advantage at all for me in playing it.

  • Steve July 23, 2012, 4:51 pm

    So how do we bring about change on greenhouse gas emissions when the majority seem to oppose even the carbon pricing scheme?

  • Linda July 23, 2012, 5:21 pm

    I don’t know. I wish I did. But I think Annie Leonard has a point. I think democracy doesn’t mean freedom, it means responsibility – and as grown-ups we have a responsibility to use our power as citizens, not abdicate it to the bullies.

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