20 mars, montréal
I was a curious child. I wanted to understand how everything worked. In my library, one could find books about the human body, outer space and the oceans.
Sooner than knowing my world geography, I knew that the world was in danger. I was told that we had to work to avoid my grandchildren’s grandchildrens’ generation paying our debt to nature. I recycled what I could, I turned of the lights when I left a room, and turned off the tap when brushing my teeth. But the debt collectors came sooner than expected. A lot sooner.
Amidst deniers, the general populations’ understanding of climate change has grown tremendously over the years. Nevertheless, we live in a machine so big and well greased that leaving the position we were born in is so difficult, that it is deemed impossible by most.
This problem applies itself at the individual level, but also at the global level. It takes greater force to change the acceleration of a greater mass. We are a mass of 8 billion-some people in a world developing at an exponential rate. We are hard to slow down, let alone stop.
Slowing down our damage to the environment however, even stop it, is mandatory. This isn’t about saving cute animals and trees. This isn’t about being a visionary activist. This is about saving ourselves. Because we too, are part of the environment.
The debt collector is knocking at the door and it might very well confiscate our house in the heart of my lifetime. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) who answered, and in October 2018, they gave us the report of the brutal warning we were given.
Just a year earlier, in 2017, David Wallace-Wells wrote and essay for The New York Times entitled The Uninhabitable Earth, describing life in an imminent climate apocalypse. It came on to be one of the most read articles of the magazine’s history.The IPCC’s report last fall now supports those claims initially deemed alarmist.
Our situation is so depressing, it’s even sending people to therapy. Therefore, Wallace-Wells’ essay, backed by the IPCC’s report, will be used as a baseline for this website. This space aims to be a hub of information on what is being done to improve our collective home – and what each of us can do to improve our own home.