I can’t help feeling like an idealistic teenager when I say that tackling climate change and achieving global emissions targets would be the greatest collective achievement of the human race. But, well, damn the begrudgers – I’m saying it anyway. Here at Element our take on climate change is long past the ‘is it happening, or isn’t it?’ stage; past, also, the ‘are humans the cause?’ chestnut. We take it as a given. Instead, Andy Kenworthy explores in our lead story the phenomenon of those that don’t, or won’t, believe in climate change, and their possible reasons for denial. It’s bound to be a story that those in the denial camp will find patronising, even infuriating, that their beliefs can be explained through some basic psychoanalysis. The irony that inside these pages you’ll find a feature on Genesis Energy – often the target of environmentalist activism due to certain coal-fired power station found between here and Hamilton – is not lost on us. But the annual $30m carbon bill to keep that baby running is making the business model look increasingly crappy. Two of the four units will be closed in two years’ time. Some of this stuff is actually working. I suppose there’s always the possibility that by some miracle humans aren’t actually changing the climate, and that at some point in the future it will be revealed as a monstrous conspiracy of the scientific community. In which case that will become known as the greatest collective achievement of the human race.