Our trouble is not ignorance, but inaction.

– Dale Carnegie

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Today’s quote (above) encapsulates something that’s been on my mind a lot lately. Pretty much everyone in my extended on- and offline social circles understands the dire outlook of our climate crisis, but very few go beyond just acknowledging it. For the vast majority of people I know it’s business as usual. Given that we all know what’s happening, why aren’t we all writing angry letters and marching the streets? Clearly, inaction doesn’t stem from ignorance. For most of us, it stems from indifference.

From this Wired piece on reaching ‘peak indifference’: “The psychologist Robert Gifford once enumerated the ‘seven dragons of inaction’ on climate, from ingrained habits (car culture) to lack of trust (in, say, scientists) to numbness (statistics overload). As the crisis grows, our indifference grows too. But at some point, a crisis gets so bad that it becomes unignorable. Our indifference reaches a peak, begins to decline – and panic emerges.”

No sound decision has ever been made in a state of panic. To fight climate inaction, we first need to fight peak indifference. Importantly, it’s not just up to individuals. We need businesses to stop pretending that business as usual is still ok. If you are a business owner, now is the time to show that you’re willing to walk the walk (quite literally) and encourage your employees to join the global strike on September 20th. See you out there...

Kai

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