Raffi, the children's entertainer, has some very thoughtful words about the climate catastrophe humanity is facing.
For over two decades there's been a failure to effectively communicate the climate change crisis. Despite the best efforts of climate scientists and environmentalists to describe the dangers of inaction to policy makers and the general public, political response has been slow, most people have not sensed the seriousness of the issue, and the rate of CO2 emissions, rather than falling, has accelerated.
Experts are using escalating phrases to describe climate change. James Hansen: "the coming climate catastrophe," "our last chance to save humanity;" Gustav Speth: "system failure," "looking into the abyss."
In "Children have the right to a future and we need a new lexicon to convey this", Raffi Cavoukian says "We must not love money more than children" and proposes a new lens or way of looking at the problem that is child-centered.
Urgently, we need to create a world fit for children, with social and economic systems that constitute a culture of respect for them and for their planetary habitat. A livable future for children and future generations depends on a stunning paradigm shift ... Nobody can guarantee a future. But who has the right to steal it?
and finally, obviously, necessarily, "The antidote for climate change is systems change." Oh yeah.