I’ve come to the end of the Climate Change course, I aced the week 8 quiz but i basically failed the two-part final quiz, so i was a little bit disappointed though I wasn’t surprised. Altogether i found it interesting and enjoyable, but it was hard! I realised I am scientifically challenged!
I wanted to share with you the week 8 final feedback video – if you have a spare half hour it’s worth watching. Also, despite my own difficulties, I would recommend the course. If and when it runs again, have a go – even if you just watch the videos and do nothing else, it’d be worth doing.
I liked that Professor Fenton is optimistic – we have all the scientific, energy solutions to prevent the apocalyptic scenario of climate change, higher temperatures, rising sea levels, melting ice, ocean acidification etc.
The problem is essentially social, economic and political.
I’m not a fan of governments or governmental control by any means, and I tend to think that they are essentially using climate change as a tool of control without actually doing anything substantial to deal with the real problems. And then there’s also the problem of the fact that governments are so often in bed with big businesses which don’t want to change.
If governments were really taking climate change seriously, they would be massively incentivising people to do the right thing wherever possible – by subsidising *customers* who would like to choose renewable energy but can’t afford to, which would in turn encourage fossil fuel companies to move into environmentally friendlier fuels for example? maybe subsidising organic vegetable growers?
Everybody needs to do their part, and everybody needs to be convinced and get on board, and I don’t think governments are the ones to do it.
I liked the idea that arts and humanities can play their part to change people’s minds and thereby to change their behaviour. (And I liked that my slightly hippy-oriented ideas about living in community, living on the land and planting, recycling, re-using, being vegetarian / vegan and so on are all justified. Our household carbon footprint for example was a fraction of somebody living alone for example.) But the real challenge is that we need to act fast to turn the tide.
I loved that Professor Fenton was not anti-human at all, and he said that we could in effect live very happily and healthily even as 9 billion or however many we become, *if* we live more environmentally friendly lives.