Adam McKay, director of the movie Don’t Look Up, has written an intriguing article in The Guardian as to how we, as individuals, can act in response to climate change. The title of the article is I directed Don’t Look Up. When it comes to the climate crisis, the ending is up to us. Here is part of what McKay says.
Maybe some film or gif or TikTok has jostled you to think seriously about what you can do. Specifically you. Well, here’s one way to answer that question: think of a Venn diagram with three overlapping circles. In the first, put what you’re good at. (So, which Avenger are you and what are your specific super powers?) In the second, put what part of the climate challenge you want to work on. (Your mission, should you choose to accept it.) In the third, put what brings you joy. (What, for you, isn’t work because you love it so much?) And then find your way to the epicenter of that climate action Venn diagram for as many minutes of your life as you can. We don’t all have to do the same thing – in fact we shouldn’t.
Here is the Venn diagram that he refers to.
I had already jotted down some thoughts on this topic at the post Why This Newsletter? Many people recognize the seriousness of climate change and they would like to do something. But what is the something?
For myself, let me have a shot at answering the three questions in the Venn diagram.
What brings you joy?
The word “joy” maybe something of a stretch here, but I do get satisfaction (most of the time) when writing about issues such as climate change.
What are you good at?
That’s a tricky question; it is for others to decide. However, I would like to think that I am good at the following, all of which can help contribute to the climate change response.
Writing quickly and clearly.
Understanding systems and the manner in which apparently disparate items interact with one another.
Understanding how business and industry can provide leadership and technical responses.
What is the work that needs doing?
We need responses to climate change that work. The responses should address basic questions such as,
Does it work?
Is it safe?
Can it be implemented and scaled up so as to have a meaningful impact by the year 2050?
How much does it cost to develop, implement, commission and operate?
Could it generate new sources of profitable revenues?
What could go wrong?
How can industry lead the way?