I am a very active and vocal contributor to the climate crisis. I’ve always been vocal about the environment, pollution and more, but 12 months ago I ramped up my verbosity and said, enough: I will not stand by and let this happen.
|Big Buddha Phuket|
The shift was a combination of the first IPCC report being released, and moving to Phuket, Thailand, where we are witnessing change firsthand. Not just the rubbish streaming onto the beaches during the off-season, but the fact Phuket was on the verge of drought earlier this year.
|I can see our old home from here. Miss Singapore|
Drought in the tropics is NOT NORMAL! I have lived in the tropics since 2003. This was my second drought. The first happened in 2014 in Singapore. I’ve just returned from Singapore, and everyone was celebrating the fact it had rained for the first time in months. Another dry spell has hit.
|On the beach, with Katie in the background|
Lex: Mum I dreamt that there was great destruction and we were all freezing! It was the future. It was true mum!! You died first, then Jax, then dad. I didn’t die. It was like we were in the Himalayas. It was so cold. It’s true mum. It’s the future.
I can’t lie to my kids, even if I want to protect them, so all I could say was:
I know love. I know that is a possible future. But it’s why I am raising my voice. Trying to wake the adults up in time, so we can make sure it doesn’t get that bad. I’m working really hard on it!! It’s not all lost yet love!!
Hope. That’s all I’ve got to give him. Am I still hopeful? Not always, but I won’t give into it. We must have hope, but it requires radical change across the board. Across every aspect of our lives.
But I wish more would act and speak up. As an example, everyone was excited about the recent Climate Strike numbers, which were reportedat between 6-7.6 million. I mean growth like that should be celebrated, but based on what we actually know, seven billion should be on the streets every day! Everyone should be alarmed at the changes we’re seeing.
Just think of the impact on our children. Let’s do all we can to lessen that, by taking powerful action. They don’t deserve to fear for their future.
Because they do. Terribly so.
More recently Jax said this – he’s 11
Jax: “mum if the temperature gets so hot, you can’t be outside for more than 10 minutes, I’m going to commit suicide!”
Suicide!! I didn’t even know what that was when I was 11…
But worse, not long after he said that, this visual came across my Facebook feed. Wait until the end.
We must focus all of our collective energy and brain power on solving this, right now. Is it going to be easy? Hello no!! We need to change EVERYTHING. And moving to sustainable energy isn’t the silver bullet everyone seems to think either…
Check out this article: 41 Inconvenient Truths on the “New Energy Economy”
A huge shift is required. A new world. Big changes to everything we know. It’s not going to be easy. It’s definitely going to be painful. But we must do it.
And please. Don’t blame anyone. Don’t blame a country, a generation, or weak politicians.
We all did this. We all allowed it to get this bad, so now we need to get on with the work of solving it.
Please join this fight!! Please read the research. I have seen Lex’s future predictions in the research I’ve read. Jax’s prediction plays out in the graphic above.
Yes, it’s hard to face! And it’s not far away. All in our lifetimes.
We must take collective responsibility, that is driven by love for all life on the planet and get going. Let’s take responsibility and show our kids we can change this trajectory, ensuring no other child sees their family die in dreams, or wants to kill themselves.
Please, please, please. Let’s do this for our kids.
Have you had any devastating conversations with your children?
Yours, without the bollocks
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