We shouldn’t worry about climate change. Climate scientists taught me that. Them, and the ugly freight train I suddenly see barrelling down on me.
I first glimpsed it in December. I felt a Zeitgeist shift, like the continent-wide peace of Christmas Eve, except hellish, with wacky weather headlining everywhere.
Then, energy company CEOs called for emissions caps, George Bush mentioned climate change respectfully, and Canada’s Conservative environment minister claimed to “get” science. Where I live, University of Victoria lecture halls were overflowing for climate change talks by IPCC report co-author and ocean-atmospheric scientist Andrew Weaver, engineering professor Ned Djilali, and political-environmental theorist Kara Shaw. Soon, I noticed other journalists commenting on the Zeitgeist shift, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report splashed down.
We could all sense it now: People care. Action is nigh. “Thank goodness they’re getting it,” declared the internationally-sought interviewee Weaver to the daily Victoria Times-Colonist.
That’s when I realized we were really in trouble. Continue reading