With Climate Change Looming, We Are The Ghosts Of Christmas Yet To Come
"The Last of the Spirits, from Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustrations by John Leech. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. First edition."
Image credit:Wikipedia (copyright expired) - an excerpt.
I am not suggesting that Dickens was prescient about climate change, in the fashion of the absurd claims made for Nostradamus. Nor do I think you should literally wear a hoodie (the modern equivalent of Grim Reaper garb) to the Christmas party, posing as "Ghost-of-Christmas-Yet-To-Come."
'Tis the season, however, to do what you can to help weaken the cult of climate denial.
Should you be invited to a Christmas party, don your best and prepare a ghostly response befitting a "How are you doing?" that may come your way.It is Christmas - not partisan cage wrestling time. So, a polite, apolitical reply will suffice. 'Fine really...though I'm concerned about climate change and have no idea what to do' might be a good elicitation, for example. Take the conversation from there.
And where does it lead? Wherever you will.
For my part, I will muse about why it is that people imagine coal to be so much more desirable than solar power? And I will mention, in passing, that I worked on siting several of the larger nuclear power plants still operating.
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