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 affecting our societies and 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.
Our systems and their impact on the natural world are analyzed before detailed consideration is given to our societies and how they have been distorted by our quest for glorious eternal growth. From rampant income inequality to the global north’s theft of the south’s resources and wealth, the question is raised, “Why are we continuing on this ecocidal path that only enriches a few, at the expense of us all?” The systems in place to ensure this happens and stand in the way of meaningful change are discussed and then the book goes back in time to the start of the inequality and the beginning of our thirst for greed. We then travel through time, stopping briefly to identify key events and salient individuals that have led us to the precipice we currently inhabit.
Finally, the book looks at solutions that our elites are pushing us towards in order to continue the march towards “progress” and it then looks 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.
Simon Whalley is a forty-three-year-old husband and father to a ten-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 and is a contributing author to Commondreams.org.
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