What are we going to do?
Something big, hopefully. People who understand the science and implications of the converging crises have a limited number of options.
Global Warming due to extraction and use of fossil fuels
Species Extinction due to land conversion and development
Biodiversity Collapse due to innovation and product development
Resource Depletion due to economic growth
Degradation of the Future due to economic success
It feels righteous to be in the camp of those who understand the science and understand the perils of carrying on our great journey as usual. Because we have this knowledge, we want to join in with the scientists, lend our voices to theirs and raise the alarms. We want to demand action. This event will challenge those who know the risks to do something big.
A large and avid protest was staged at the event to try to stop the mining forum delegates from entering the conference venue in Dunedin. Professor Krumdieck also got caught up in the press - but was recognised by some of the protestors, and taken in through a secret back door.
The presentation was given to the mining forum in the afternoon, and then in the evening the same presentation was given to the protestors at a different venue. It is actually one of the bigger challenges to get up in front of both groups in one day and give the same presentation on transition.