Response over time

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The great majority of guides (lists, toolkits, programmes, informal advice, articles etc) about climate action focus on the small scale or personal things you can do to mitigate the causes of climate change. They tend not to mention the larger scale actions you can get involved with (education, civil disobedience, political action, divestment etc.) And moreover, they tend not to mention the responses that go beyond mitigating the causes of climate change, to include adapting to change, and helping others in their suffering.

Exercise

Look together at the diagram. What timescale into the future do you think corresponds with each stage (mitigation, adaptation, suffering)? 

Adjust the thinking about timescales to consider geographies. Which places are experiencing a faster timescale into the suffering zone than others? 

What does this have to do with you? Looking ahead to your future plans in 5, 10 or 20 years time, how does this timescale relate to these plans? What connections do you have in the places that will be affected fastest, or are suffering already? 

What are three things you can do, which include adaptation and mitigating suffering? 

 

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