Letter/poemBy Dinah Hawken
Let’s say that we are close to reaching 1 degree of global warming. Let’s say that, if we continue to use our present oil, coal and gas reserves, we will reach 2 degrees of warming in fifteen years time, when our small children and grandchildren are 15-20 years old. Let’s say the extreme weather worldwide, and in NZ, this year has been pushed to extreme by global warming. Will the drought, storms and floods occur twice as often, be twice as severe, at 2 degrees? What will the human, environmental and economic costs be? Let’s say our politicians are running around after oil, coal and gas like blind mice. What would anyone sensible do? Cut off their tails with a carving knife?