As I sit here with the doors open, waiting for the latest round in this summer of heatwaves to break, I wonder what the Global Warming activists are saying. Is this an ‘I told you so’ moment for them, or does the fight go on? There is little doubt that those on the other side of the debate will argue that the current global round of heatwaves is nothing to worry about and no more than ‘normal fluctuation’ in global temperature.
Also, this year, we have seen the worldwide response to the Blue Planet Two series – I, for one, am trying to do my little bit to stop dumping plastics in the oceans – let’s hope there are enough of us globally to make the difference.
To this list I ask you to add Living Longer – the global human trend to increasing lifespan. As the human race we spent four and a half billion years evolving into or grandparents and then, over the last 50 years we have evolved again to live 50% longer. This pace of change is extraordinary as is the impact it is having on the world around us. For example:
- In the last 25 years the global population has increased 50%
- Over 65s is the fastest growing category of human population
- All around the world demand by the elderly for treatment is rendering public heath care systems unsustainable.
- Living longer is a major cause of the housing shortages
- Inheritance which, for many generations, has transformed the prospects of the next in line, is now being delayed until after the money could have made a difference.
- Instead today’s parents are trapped between kids who can’t afford to leave home and grandparents who expect to live ‘forever’
The global impact of living longer is every bit as dramatic as the current heatwaves and worrying as the damage we are doing to our oceans. We need to act, and act now, to protect our planet for future generations.
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