Anyone alert to the world around them will be aware that rapid climate change is now under way. That it should be ignored and remain unaddressed, is to the short-term benefit of certain privileged elites. However, should it remain inadequately addressed, for the vast majority of humanity and for most life on Earth (including those selfish elites) it may spell extinction within several generations.

The current International system is based on a concept that nation states should be fully sovereign: in effect, that the most powerful of them should have the ability to ignore, or plunder, the interests of the less powerful. Today’s deeply flawed system of global governance is not able to resolve current social strains between nations. These strains will be multiplied by rapid climate change. Combined with the recent developments in weapons technology and economic warfare, they are set to accelerate the approaching social collapse.

For both the individual citizen and their nations, the impending changes to the current norms of economic life and international relations will prove difficult and painful. Attempts to bring about the required massive reformation of cultural behaviour and consumption patterns, will encounter vigorous resistance – both at the community and the international levels.

As an individual; you are not only called on to implement the, now well-publicised, steps to be taken to minimise your physical impact on the finite material resources of the planet. At the same time, you should also be active in maximising your moral impact on the political decisions made within your society. Activism is the rent for your portion of the planet’s resources – to be paid on behalf of future generations.’

There are thousands of different socially active organisations intent on ameliorating the human condition. You have an obligation to the future to become active in at least one of them. 

Accept the challenge, take up your paddle and become part of the movement for change!