We can choose many things, but not to ignore climate change

The theme of choices has been coming up a lot for me of late.

climate change

Why is this?

Firstly, because choices are a huge part of current policy considerations across global education with which I try to engage. What type of curriculum should we have in our educational jurisdiction and how much choice should we give students of what to study? What kind of teachers do we need? How many qualifications should be on offer and how many different schools? The list goes on …

But also the birthplace of my wife is the Ukraine and it has been in the news recently about a choice many Ukrainians should make between the West and the East. I only hope they make the right decision and don’t succumb to external political pressures – whatever solution they collectively find needs to be best for the Ukraine and long-term stability in the Black Sea region.

All of this activity was put into the shade by today’s launch of a joint report by the Royal Society and the US National Academy on the evidence for climate change.

Another choice is presented to us all: do we accept that we share responsibility for global warming and get on with changing our current behaviour or do we just bury our heads in the sand and hope that the planet will somehow adjust to our insatiable appetite for its resources, whatever the cost.

The second proposition seems pretty arrogant to me and not much of a message to future generations.

Which means there’s no choice really.