I would like to add to Roger Crabtree’s thoughts on possible discussion topics for the Climate Action Summit proposed by the council for early 2019 (Letters, 30/11).
There are some topics here that are going to be very hard for us to even talk about, let alone reach consensus or even compromise on.
We are too many, without a doubt, and the culture we have created has led us to the point where we are about to destroy the only planet we know that can support life as we know it — for what? We have created a voracious economy that requires growth, debt, need, greed and consumption to exist. It is now eating the planet. I hope there will be space at the summit for some deep consideration of what we do really need — what we value.
None of us, even if undecided about whether climate change is part of a cycle, man-made, or a combination of both, can argue with the horrific facts of distinction.
None of us can deny the horrific facts of wars, poverty, dispossession/ refugees, depression, terrorism, oceans full of plastic, homelessness, toxins in everything, loneliness, deforestation, salting of soils, mountains of waste, constructed ugliness or overcrowding.
As Roger says, our discussions do indeed need to be more widespread and we do need to radically change our behaviour.
Even before that, however, I believe we need to radically challenge the stories we have been told about how the world works, who we are and what is real. Peta Goodwin, Margaret River