We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change, and the last generation that can do something about it.
But protest marches — even massive ones — do not translate neatly or reliably into public policy goals or changing public opinion. Sometimes they are forgotten nearly as soon as they end. So what happens now?
They’d better start winning some elections
If humans cause climate change, ‘why did the dinosaurs go extinct?’
Modern human civilization is fragile — fragile to crop failures, droughts, and extreme weather. We are extremely susceptible to energy and water shortages. We don’t fully understand complex, chaotic systems like Earth’s climate. And yet, we are rapidly changing the composition of the atmosphere, even though the archeological record shows the difficulty that our ancestors had in adapting to previous rapid climate changes.
That seems suicidally reckless.