Climate change is an obliterating threat, we need to think bigger, adopt the necessary changes and go beyond our comfort zones right now
I watched Jaws again so I could relive the point at which the ocean, the sea (or in my case the English Channel) became a place of terror. This time round, however, what I found myself relating to was the frustration of police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) about the total denial and blinkered thinking of Mayor Larry Vaughan (Murray Hamilton) to close the beaches despite the mounting evidence of Great White shark attacks.
Small thinking, self-interest and hoping it-might-just go-away thinking obliterated the bigger picture and a chance to save a few torsos and several limbs.
Mayor Vaughan thinking is not unique - it’s all around us especially when it comes to the environment.
Climate change is in the red zone today. This year, we’ve smashed temperature records the like which has never been seen. Ice that covers 10 per cent of the earth’s surface is rapidly melting at a rate faster than previously forecast. The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is at al all time high. Climate change isn’t in the future - it’s right here, right now.
Cutting emissions, adopting renewable energies, going for zero carbon energy sources, are all weapons in slowing down climate change. Innovation - doing things differently - is what really matters. Our news this week is smattered with energy-related efficiencies, research and change.
When Roy Schneider’s character in Jaws realised how large the shark actually was (25ft) he famously declared a bigger boat was needed. Climate change is an obliterating threat, we need to think bigger, adopt the necessary changes and go beyond our comfort zones right now.
Nothing less will do.