"Many years ago, I was working in a junior position at a global information
services provider. It was a few afters after the Y2K hype had died down and my
task was to convert hard copy manuals into electronic versions.
Naturally, this had to be done via software and on one particular day, it
caused some delay. My colleagues and I planned to go to the movies after work.
I had one task to finish right before clocking out but there was a glitch in
the system, and my colleagues and I ended up leaving the office later than we
had planned. Although we made it to the movies on time, my colleagues kept
giving me heat and my quote of that day was, “It’s not my fault, it was the
Fast forward almost two decades later, I am beginning to see why the climate
movement has made very little traction since the day James Hansen addressed
Congress in 1988, the day the 1992 Earth Summit was held in Rio de Janeiro, the
day the late Wangari Maathai received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, the day
governments and businesses promised to “build back better” after the onset of
2020 COVID-19 pandemic, or the many other chances the world has had to change
the way we treat the Earth system.
I had not always been interested in economics, but I see now why it is so
difficult to change the way we live. It is true that our individual habits and
lifestyles, particularly those in developed countries, have contributed to the
current climate crisis. However, unless you’re a decision-maker involved in the
proliferation of industries and policies that transgress the Earth’s planetary
boundaries, the climate crisis is not entirely your fault — but we all have a
role to play in understanding and changing the economic system."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics