In preparing the story, my research journey took me through the dark dens of climate change deniers and self-centred, short-sighted, decision-makers. Everywhere I went, I saw how human activity was hurting our fauna and flora, jeopardising the lives and cultures of indigenous peoples, polluting the seas, and threatening our very survival.
Yet, the longer my journey continued, the more I became aware of the growing number of leaders, the thousands of scientists, and the millions of ordinary citizens around the world seeking to reduce our production of greenhouse gases and to mitigate the effects of climate change. And by the time my research journey ended, I had become optimistic, for despite the devastating changes that civilisation has wrought on planet Earth in 200 years, public awareness of these changes and the will to rectify them has blossomed in just 20.
I am now filled with admiration for these progressive and caring leaders, these scientists and these ordinary citizens. The world is waking up to the threat of climate change. This is truly our ‘global dawning’.
Thank you for reading Global Dawning – The countdown begins. I do hope you enjoy it.