Our Moral Footprint

Great headline in the New York Times atop an op-ed from Vaclav Havel on climate change. I think Havel is one of the great thinkers of our time, have read and reread the piece, and recommend it in full.

But here’s what stands out to this reporter. Havel sees climate change not as a technical challenge, but as a call to moral seriousness:

I’m skeptical that a problem as complex as climate change can be
solved by any single branch of science. Technological measures and
regulations are important, but equally important is support for
education, ecological training and ethics — a consciousness of the
commonality of all living beings and an emphasis on shared
responsibility.

Either we will achieve an awareness of our place
in the living and life-giving organism of our planet, or we will face
the threat that our evolutionary journey may be set back thousands or
even millions of years. That is why we must see this issue as a
challenge to behave responsibly and not as a harbinger of the end of
the world.

Forget about the apocalypse. Let’s think about each other.

One thought on “Our Moral Footprint

  1. Kit
    Good post. For me, this quote was it.

    “We can’t endlessly fool ourselves that nothing is wrong and that we can go on cheerfully pursuing our wasteful lifestyles, ignoring the climate threats and postponing a solution. Maybe there will be no major catastrophe in the coming years or decades. Who knows? But that doesn’t relieve us of responsibility toward future generations.”

    Our respon. to future generations! That is the crux of the matter. But most people can’t be bothered. They just want to enjoy their time in the sun, now, and who cares about some far distant future?

    VH said it right!

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