"New normal. Record-breaking. Unprecedented.
In recent days, as Western Canada and the United States have been broiling
under a climate-fuelled heat crisis, all sorts of superlatives have been used
to describe never-before-seen temperatures: the British Columbia community of
Lytton hit a mind-boggling 49.5 C on June 29, breaking all-time temperature
records three days in a row.
People are understandably shocked and scared by those numbers. But should this
have come as a surprise? No. Scientists have been warning about the link
between longer, more intense heat events and climate change for over 40 years.
The language of “normals” and “new records” is rapidly becoming meaningless.
But the notion that humanity should have known, or should have done something
about the crisis earlier — that we should be ashamed for our lack of inaction —
is unhelpful for dealing with the climate crisis.
So, what’s a better, more helpful approach to communicating climate change?"
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics