Vrijdag 12 oktober – In een week van heftige berichten over de opwarming kan er wellicht nog wel eentje bij. Interview met Dr. Mayer Hillman in The Guardian: ‘We’re doomed’: Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention. Mayer is een alom gerespecteerd topwetenschapper en wijs man. En dit is wat hij zegt:
Without hope, goes the truism, we will give up. And yet optimism about the future is wishful thinking, says Hillman. He believes that accepting that our civilisation is doomed could make humanity rather like an individual who recognises he is terminally ill. Such people rarely go on a disastrous binge; instead, they do all they can to prolong their lives.
Can civilisation prolong its life until the end of this century? “It depends on what we are prepared to do.” He fears it will be a long time before we take proportionate action to stop climatic calamity. “Standing in the way is capitalism. Can you imagine the global airline industry being dismantled when hundreds of new runways are being built right now all over the world? It’s almost as if we’re deliberately attempting to defy nature. We’re doing the reverse of what we should be doing, with everybody’s silent acquiescence, and nobody’s batting an eyelid.”
En dit is het ‘welkomswoord’ op zijn eigen website:
“Our continuing uneconomic growth makes us complicit in a process that is triggering an ecological catastrophe for our children and generations beyond them. They will justifiably sit in judgment on our failure to have prevented its devastating consequences knowing that we chose to look the other way.”