1- Conflict, of course, comes about because of the misuse of power and the clash of ideas, not to mention the inflammatory activities of unscrupulous and bigoted leaders. But it also arises, tragically, from an inability to understand and from the powerful emotions that, out of misunderstanding, lead to distrust and fear.
2- On an increasingly crowded planet, humanity faces many threats – but none is greater than climate change. It magnifies every hazard and tension of our existence.
3- The mistake is to think that clever technology can solve everything, but it can’t solve our relationship with nature, which is where I think it’s gone wrong in that we have somehow abandoned our proper connection with nature.
4- As you may possibly have noticed from time to time, I have tended to make a habit of sticking my head above the parapet and generally getting it shot off for pointing out what has always been blindingly obvious to me.
5- It is baffling, I must say, that in our modern world we have such blind trust in science and technology that we all accept what science tells us about everything – until that is, it comes to climate science.
6- I find myself born into this particular position. I’m determined to make the most of it and to do whatever I can to help. And I hope I leave things behind a little bit better than I found them.
7- We need to be realistic. It is very little we can do now to stop the ice from disappearing from the North Pole in the summer. And we probably cannot prevent the melting of the permafrost and the resulting release of methane. In addition, I fear that it may be too late to help the oceans maintain their ability to absorb carbon dioxide.
8- We might be more inclined to think about the longer term if we were more aware of what is happening around us. Perhaps daily weather forecasts could include a few basic facts about the Earth’s vital signs or details of where climate change is increasing the likelihood of damaging weather.