Climate scientists are sounding the alarm, but leaders are failing us. The earth is already too hot and time is running out to restore a safe climate. Professor Hans Schellnhuber says we are “now reaching the end-game, where very soon humanity must choose between taking unprecedented action or accepting that it has been too late and bear the consequences”. How can we helpfully convey the climate emergency message? How can we take courageous and effective action to lead the shift to emergency mode?
Jane Morton is a clinical psychologist who went into semi-retirement some years ago to campaign on the climate emergency. She is the convenor of Darebin Climate Action Now, a grassroots group that successfully campaigned for the declaration of a climate emergency by their local council, and author of the booklet, ‘Don’t mention the emergency?’.