John F Kennedy said ” Those who look only to the past, or the present are certain to miss the future”
We are surrounded by change and it is the one thing that has the most dramatic impact on our lives.
There is no avoiding change it will find you, challenge you and force you to reconsider how to live your life.
Our lives now with the coronavirus are reactionary rather than an activator of change.
It has forced us to step out of our comfort zones and see the realities that need to change. There is no escaping the fact that change is a disruptor but it is the power of our choice that enables us to activate positive changes in our lives.
“Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw.
We all know what we don’t want…
We have been talking about it for years and our consensus is that climate change is happening and the risks are real. There is overwhelming evidence that both current impacts with significant costs and extraordinary future risks to society and natural systems.
That the reality of climate change means that there are climate change impacts we can expect, but we also must consider what might happen, especially the small, but real, chance that we may face abrupt changes with massively disruptive impacts. Moreover, while the public is becoming aware that climate change is increasing the likelihood of certain local disasters, many people do not yet understand that there is a small, but real chance of abrupt, unpredictable and potentially irreversible changes with highly damaging impacts on people around the world.
97% of climate experts have concluded that human-caused climate change is happening.
The sooner we respond, the better off we will be.
We don’t need to debate if the climate is changing anymore. By making informed choices now, we can reduce risks for future generations and ourselves, and help communities adapt to climate change.
Climate change puts the well-being of people of all nations at risk.
The problem is that the world is now and for the foreseeable future will have its attention on the effects of COVID-19 for some time.
When the Pandemic is over, or under control what needs to change in the world.
Think about it for a minute.
There are so many changes that stick out like sore thumb it is impossible to believe that we have tolerated there existence.
So let’s fantasize.
There is such inequality, pain and suffering in the world we could start by ensuring that everyone on the planet should have access to electricity, fresh air, drinking water, green technologies, free education, and decent housing.
The world today is definitely not a paradise. Hunger, abuse, poverty, pollution, and violence are all too common.
Granted, the world never has been, and probably never will be perfect, but that means there’s lots of room for improvement!
If we are going to move forward we need to collaborate and push for policies that complement both sides of the political spectrum. We need to put yourself into another person’s headspace.
We don’t have to take on everything at once, in fact, it’s better if we don’t.
If there is one lesson we can and should learn from the present crises it is this:
When the experts tell us the sky is going to fall if we don’t take action we had better take action or the sky really may fall.
We may be able to prevent the emergence of some new pathogens, but for most, we can only prepare.
We can, however, prevent the looming climate disaster.
We can ensure that emerging Technologies serve us all and not just profit.
We can reform our world organizations.
We can reinvent Nato ( See previous posts)
We can fund the United Nations and the WHO.
We can establish World aid silos fully equipped to handle disasters.
We can with our buying power have a sustainable economy.
So the question is why have we not?
Because no one wants to pay for it.
In fact, no one country or the economy or individual has to.
It can be achieved by making a profit for profit sake pay. By applying a 0.05% World aid commission on activities that are profit-seeking like Algorithms, High-Frequency Trading, Currency Transactions, Sovereign Wealth Fund accusations, Lottos, Gambling, etc. ( see previous posts)
We can become educated on the issues and what’s being done to address it. Especially now with social media, your message can go viral on the internet, spreading the word even faster. Bring your true, authentic self to every situation.
The crucial first step is getting the forces for change off the ground. Having a roadmap to success is crucial for establishing a sense of trust that the change is possible.
Maybe COVID-19 might save the world it has created a sense of urgency.