I began the day by continuing with my reading the Finnish government report Oil from a critical raw material perspective. It’s long – about 500 pages. I’m about three quarters of the way through. It’s left me more certain than ever that we need to get our heads around the reality of the fossil fuel energy situation: namely our reliance on it for just about all aspects of our lives and the urgent need to plan for the inevitable shortfall.
I talked about these issues with my teenage granddaughter. Her first response was to state “We have so many problems; people can’t cope with hearing about more.” I totally get the feeling of overwhelm and I know I’m in the fortunate few who have some unpressured time to even be raising these questions.
However, given our reliance on fossil fuel energy being continually available for meeting all our needs and given this era is over and human societies don’t have too much time to adapt as needed, prioritising this one issue is, I think, prioritizing a viable future for human life itself.
When my grand-daughter said consolingly, I’m not worried; humans are smart, they’ll find a way” I kind of agreed. She’s absolutely right to think humans are more than capable of rising to the challenge. It’s important to keep this in mind.
But when I probed further, on possible action, she replied firmly, “I’m not a chief. There are too many chiefs and not enough Indians. I’m happy being an Indian. I like reading comments but I don’t want to make any comments myself. I never do.”
This is a reminder to me that it’s worth putting out ideas and making comments. We need to remember that there are lots like my granddaughter who are very interested in what’s going on, and most importantly, what’s going to happen next. I think many of us can influence what happens next in a positive direction for all.
I’d be interested in what you think?