3 to 4°C – a Choice
Kevin Anderson speaks very clearly here on the predicament we face:
“We are heading towards 3 to 4°C of warming across this century, an absolute climate catastrophe for all species incl our own.”
But here’s a problem. He points to examples where we have made significant, radical interventions. He references the COVID crisis, the suffragettes, Roosevelt, race laws, the banking crisis as examples of rapid change.
He says “it is choice to fail and it is a choice to succeed”.
But there are some obvious problems here. The first is the idea of rational choice, that there is a global ‘we’ who are actors making decisions. The second is that the examples he gives are littered with elite self-preservation and none of them are remotely on the scale of the climate crisis we face.