Following on from the release of the Stern report, the BBC are running a “Speak Your Brains” discussion on climate change. It makes very depressing reading. The majority of correspondents either deny that climate change is a problem or object to the government’s green tax proposals.
I’m fast coming to the conclusion that the Earth is doomed. There is no way that a large enough percentage of the population will be convinced of the dangers of climate change in time for anything to be done about it. The best that we can hope for is that we’re not the generation who has to deal with the worst of the problems. And that’s looking less and likely too. I saw a scientist interviewed recently and when he was asked what would happen if we don’t make the necessary changes, he replied “my best advice would be to not be under forty”.
Update: I can’t find it on their web site, but on page two of today’s Guardian there’s a “Today on the Web” feature about the Stern report that quotes from this post.