January 31, 2020

Does the future depend on how much we value ourselves?

Emma Yule, 26

If a risk is a threat to something that human beings’ value, then what do we mean by the risk of global climate change? What is it that we value that climate change could threaten? If climate change poses a threat to human societies we must then ask, how much do we value ourselves as a species? Do we truly believe that we deserve our place on Earth and deserve, as a species, to survive? Do the messages of human destruction to the natural world make us value our species less and therefore reduce our fight to maintain ourselves against global climate warming induced extreme events and sea-level rise? Or are we simply blinded by our sense of control and by our past ingenuity? Perhaps we require an inclusive and universal argument for the continued existence of the human species with empathy at its core.

Does the future depend on how much we value ourselves?, 2020