Many of the common responses to climate change focus on consumer choices; driving less, buying an electric car, meat-free Mondays, ‘eco’ light-bulbs, reusable coffee cups, in other words: faux solutions to retrofit ourselves into ‘green’ capitalism.
This summer Scandinavian scientists watched thousands-of-years-old ice melt in just a matter of weeks, whilst wildfires in the Swedish Arctic circle spread rapidly due to hot, dry conditions, and fire tornadoes burnt through parts of California. Crop failures hit Europe and 1000 people in the UK died due to heat-related illnesses. The strongest typhoon to hit Japan’s mainland in 25 years killed 200 people, and 69,000 people died and hundreds of thousands were displaced in Kerala, Southern India due to an incredibly intense rainy season. On top of that, rates of sea level rise have tripled over the past five years. Are we witnessing the end of ‘normality’?
In an ideal world, this year's UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany, would have agreed a roadmap to implement the Paris Agreement of 2015. But once again, signatories dragged their heels at a time when we need to be sprinting forwards.