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30 Jul 13 06:34

I just stumbled over this article on the BBC

"The Alaskan village set to disappear underwater in a decade"

Two things are remarkable to me, when I read it:

Cause and effect are separate - those who suffer due to climate change are not those who trigger it - like with so many other developments in this world like e.g. biodiversity loss.

Second: climate change is moving closer to homes. People in Alaska lose it totally, people in NYC or New Orleans may be underwater more often in the future.

What's quite obviously still missing is larger direct negative feedback to all of us. In avalanche training people are buried for a few minutes under two feet of snow to feel what it's like to be in an avalanche. Afterwards they walk the mountains with more respect.

Question: under what must the world be buried to become aware, that preventive action is cheaper than just following the path which wipes out villages slowly over time?

The American village set to disappear

Category: Climate/natural disasters: Climate change

Location: Kivalina, AK

1 Comment

Alicia Montoya - 1 Aug 2013, 7:38 a.m.

Sadly, it seems like human beings are only receptive after catastrophe hits. And even then, we're so quick to forget! The NY coast has been hit time and time again but we still build beachfront housing. Same goes for health risks. I mean, many of us still smoke, although we know how many it kills every day! Same goes for drink driving: Spain had a brutal campaign to shock people. Made lots of headlines but did it curb drink driving? Not noticeably. And have people stopped sending SMSes while driving after this spot?

So here are some images of California under water, which I guess won't help either even if that's your house under water in the pics!

So what is it that can get a media-saturated, ultra-jaded population think about its actions and their consequences before tragedy hits? I don't have the answer. But in my case, my voyage as an aware and responsible consumer started with a book: No Logo, by Naomi Klein. After vowing to only buy clean, local clothes, the voyage continued with another book, this time on the food industry: Not on the Label, by Guardian journalist Felicity Lawrence. As my awareness grew, it fed a desire to be more responsible and find out more about where my water/food/energy/waste comes from, is processed and goes to. This led to eco-tourism, yoga, a vegan period... and a painful habit of sharing knowledge about our actions and their consequences with my friends ;) I know it's uncomfortable to think about these things but it is more than worth it.

I hope these books and my words will help others start that very rewarding journey too!

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