When the Arctic melts

Will there be no ice at the north pole by the end of this summer? I have a friend who believes this is the year it will happen. Looking at the data, he could be right. Whether or not it happens this year, when it does happen, it should be marked as a milestone and be taken as another major wake up call. A call to adapt, to redesign, to invest, to rethink and reassess. How can we transition peacefully to new models of enlightened agriculture and food distribution, water conservation, circular economies, low-carbon travel, reforestation and working co-operatively rather than competitively.

Fortunately, many of the solutions and ideas are here and exist today for us to engage with. The even better news is that they don’t have to mean giving things up. Our freedoms, our style and our relationships can stay intact. We just need to be open to changing how we go about our lives, radically reframing what we value as important. Luckily, many solutions that create a more sustainable society also happen to create a healthier society, with cleaner air, more empowering jobs and communities with a greater sense of belonging and connectedness. Living with a lighter footprint is just a convenient bonus.

Transition will unlikely be smooth or easy. It will be rather messy with lots of people and companies pushing against the grain, fighting for outdated paradigms. That’s no excuse for us to remain in old ways. Which story we are part of is a daily choice. With every meal and every move and every purchase.

Arctic Sea Ice Graph
Arctic Sea Ice Graph

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