Dear Indy: A Father’s Plea for Climate Action is a clarion call to humanity to look inside itself and see the damage our species is inflicting on the natural world, the animals that share our incredible planet, and how this is leading, ultimately, to the sixth extinction, that will likely include us.
The book takes us on a journey around the world to see how the climate crisis is already impacting our planet and where we are heading on our current trajectory. From natural disasters barreling through cities and deluges destroying crops; heatwaves killing thousands, and wildfires killing billions of animals, the book looks at the risks we face from ignoring the threat of climate change and biodiversity loss. It also highlights the threat of both economic and societal collapse. The impacts humanity is having on the natural world are described and our treatment of non-human animals is detailed with links being made between the future of ecosystems and our own.
Dear Indy then goes back in time to the start of the inequality and the beginning of our thirst for greed. We then travel forward, stopping briefly to identify key events and salient individuals that have led us to the precipice we currently inhabit.
Finally, we look at solutions that our elites are pushing us towards in order to continue the march towards “progress”, and then look at alternative solutions that would benefit the masses, rather than the few, while simultaneously allowing us to remain within our carbon budget, and give the forests and oceans a chance to bounce back from the brink.
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Simon Whalley is a forty-four-year-old husband and father to an eleven-year-old son. He is originally from Wales but has spent the past twenty years in Asia where he has bought and sold Vespas, worked in the Vietnamese shipping industry, and taught English at every level from kindergarten to university in Vietnam, Taiwan and Japan. He has a masters degree in teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL) and currently teaches English at an International Baccalaureate (IB) School on an island in the Seto Sea, Japan. Here, with his wife and son, he looks after a former mandarin farm which is being turned into an organic food forest. He was a co-founder of Extinction Rebellion Japan, the websites foodfacts.jp and discussearth.com, a contributing author to Commondreams.org, and the Carbon Almanac.
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