Alan Weisman has written a new book “The World Without Us” that is having a big success in the US. It illustrates how the world would be in the future without us, especially after the consequences of climate change. I don’t think we have to be alarmistic, but it is worth to reflect and think about the risks we are facing if we do not change the way things are running now regarding primary resources and energy consumption, and regarding environment pollution.
I often think about how passive everyone is reacting to climate change threats. Most of us have just reduced a bit our energy consumption, or are more interested in recycling. But not much more. We still use the car as often as we can , and believe that some day we will decide to move less comfortable but more sustainably, by moving with public transport, or even by walking or on bycicle. We still use our heatings or air conditioning too often and unnecessarily. We are stil waiting the government to force us to use saving bulbs, before we install them at home. We are expecting subsidies to install grey water recicling equipments for the toilets, etc.
From their side, governments are having trouble in taking political decisions to reduce drastically the waste of energy and the huge amount of waste. Lobbies of all industries don’t want to be the firsts in having losses because of the conesquences of new environmental policies. Everyone is thinking: “I’m not gonna be the first. Let’s see what others do, and I’ll move to greening later when I already know the risks”.
In fact, it looks like everyone believes that climate change can only be fighted with a general agreement of all the world. But this will never happen spontatniously. Only by doing each one of us his part, things may change. I know that our work, that city life (if you live in a city, as most people in the world do) and that the stressing life, full of obligations and compromises don’t help. But I still believe things depend on single people, because the sum of many single souls makes the big conscience.
Just try the video at the book’s page and see how would your house look like if you wound’t be there.