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Hoping against the Odds
on 24 July 2014
It takes a rare talent to so successfully summarize the totality of the effects humanity is having on the entire surface and structure of the planet and yet still manage to discover some hope and optimism against the huge problems and challenges that we face as a consumerist species if we are to continue living habitably well here in the near future.
Yet Gaia Vince is such a writer. Against overwhelming environmental odds it is often the small victories that she finds in the more remote corners of the globe that I found the most enlightening and encouraging. Those ordinary people faced by daunting problems who ,with patient observation and inventive cleverness, were able provide such practical solutions to the benefit of not only themselves ,but the entirety of their community and often how that message managed to spread much further.
And its those tiny individual arguments set against the vast potentially disastrous consequences of our current behaviours that actually reaffirms our greatest strength as a species.
That once we recognise the threats and dangers , we can, eventually and with enough pushing, actually find beneficially practical answers and solutions to those problems. For nothing else will ever damn us more deeply than the overwhelmingly destructive apathy brought on despondency and despair against seemingly overwhelming odds.
An unexpectedly welcome glimpse of sunshine in an often darkly described environmental future by a talented and thoughtful writer. A hugely recommended read.