Positive visions of a sustainable future are making me increasingly uneasy. Of course I know why such visions are used: to engage people — to win hearts and minds. And at one level I agree with this strategy.
But this approach sits uncomfortably with me for two reasons. Firstly, it’s dishonest; secondly, it actually constrains our collective and individual responses to problems facing us.
Addressing climate change, reducing humanity’s ecological footprint to a level the earth can sustain, and avoiding overstepping other planetary boundaries, will require significant changes in the ways we live and the ways society operates — ‘business as usual with green bits’ will not do. (If you don’t share this view, you don’t need to read any further.) Continue reading “We need to be inspirational realists to tackle climate change & sustainability”