April 2019 Climate Change Part 1: A Sustainable Future

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I wonder what the world will be like 50, 100 years from now. With the climate changing as it is, we may not even be able to imagine the future. As Climate Scientist Kate Marvel writes on her blog, "We are sending our children to an unfamiliar planet." As a species we have outgrown the way that we live. It’s not sustainable and something has to change, but we don’t yet know how.

When I think about all this, I think of the hermit crab, don’t you? Hermit crabs don’t grow their own shell. Instead, they live inside shells that they find. When they need a new one, they go looking for bigger one, wearing their current shell all the while. Now, say the hermit crab’s current shell represents the way we’re currently living and the new bigger shell their looking for, represents our new future way of living sustainably. It’s a bigger way of thinking - calling us to expand our idea of what’s possible, on a finite planet.

But the thing is, when a hermit crab moves from one shell to the next, they must become temporarily shell-less, pink, soft and vulnerable, taking a risk as they scurry towards a new life.

As a planet, I see us stranded between this shell and the next. We are vulnerable. We have outgrown our current ways but the future hasn’t materialised yet. I see us ungrounded, uncertain and afraid. But there is no use in trying to go back to our old ways – that shell no longer fits. The only way is forward. And what’s more, we won’t get to our new shell unless we focus on looking for it, without wasting time hesitating or looking back.

This week’s series invites you to try on some new ways of thinking, and to ask yourself questions about what beautiful future on earth could look like.

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from Pause For Thought: BBC Radio Devon, released January 30, 2017

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