When We Are Gone
Since the first spill of the industrialization,
you have not been bothered.
Not thought of the future life on this planet.
Not at all.
Where did your responsibility disappear?
It is we, I and you, who must now take the consequences.
Make drastic changes.
Not just at the individual level, but especially at a structural level.
We can’t continue to live in luxury,
as we have done so far.
It is not sustainable.
We can’t afford to continue to close our eyes.
Wars and conflicts worsen,
as people fight for limited natural resources.
Cataclysms will increase and become worse.
Forest fires, heat highs and harvest crises are commonplace.
The sea surface is raising when the world's land is melting.
sea temperature rises.
and extreme weather becomes more common.
rRch countries must help poorer countries.
High-income countries should reduce spill,
and have a level close to zero by 2030.
We must keep the international climate agreements.
replace the fossil fuels.
Stop deforestation and depletion of the oceans to increase the Earth's carbon stock.
Our future energy sources must be renewable and long-term sustainable.
With low emissions in a life cycle perspective.
And not come from resources that run out.
It doesn't really have that big of a difference.
If we minimize food waste and lower indoor temperature.
Sort out household waste and skip non-recyclable goods.
Switch to LED lights and use fabric bags.
It is not these actions that save the planet.
Instead, we should:
Minimize the flying and reduce car travel.
Choose slow fashion, consume less and buy renewable energy.
We know it.
But do we do it?
What we really should do,
if it should have any significance at all is:
1. To stress less. For a stressed person takes shortcuts instead of thinking responsibly. Stress is not good for anyone who wants a sustainable lifestyle. nor for the climate.
2. Be more content. few are really satisfied. we always want more and something better. Long-term happiness does not require external attributes or experiences. If you become more satisfied with what you have, your climate impact will most likely decrease.
3. Inspire others. The change in society and lifestyle we need to make over the next few years seems to scare many people. politicians barely dare to take the issue for fear of decisions that restrict the individual's freedom. we need more inspirers and role models at the individual level to open the eyes of the authorities in power. make them realize that we need structural changes in society. right now.
4. Choose vegan diet. Studies show that a diet completely without animal products is one of the best things you can do to make your ecological footprint as small as possible.
5. Get fewer children. Studies show that not having children is the single biggest sacrifice you can make for the climate. greater than to refrain from flying, car driving or meat. When something as basic as reproduction is regarded as a climate hazard, then it is a serious signal of how unsustainable our lifestyle is.
It is said that it is already too late.
That we no longer can stop the climate change.
In the near future the world will suffer.
Because of you, us, you and me.
We need to change our lifestyle now.
We must do what we can to prevent the worst disaster.
When we are gone.
I want you who are still unborn to live.
In a world where you do not have to suffer because of our living here.
That the planet shall get a little better than it is now.
And that you never stop fighting for future life.
For you can’t afford to apologize afterwards.