If the US could get on a war footing in 1941, we can tackle the climate emergency | George Monbiot

If the US could get on a war footing in 1941, we can tackle the climate emergency | George Monbiot

Drastic action is required to stop the Earth’s systems flipping into new states. Now should be our Pearl Harbor moment

Fatalism creeps across our movements like rust. In conversations with scientists and activists, I hear the same words, over and again: “We’re screwed.” Government plans are too little, too late. They are unlikely to prevent the Earth’s systems from flipping into new states hostile to humans and many other species.

What we need, to stand a high chance of stabilising our life support systems, is not slow and incremental change but sudden and drastic action. And this is widely considered impossible. There’s no money; governments are powerless; people won’t tolerate anything more ambitious than the tepid measures they have proposed. Or so we are told. It’s a stark illustration of a general rule: political failure is, at heart, a failure of imagination.

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