Superstorm Sandy that is slamming the United States is a warning about the perils of climate change. It is time to wake up and think more seriously about how our unsustainable economic model is worsening climate change and leading to rising sea levels.
In the United States, climate change was not even mentioned in the US presidential debates. And now the candidates will struggle to avoid touching on the subject.
Similarly, for us in Malaysia, economic policy makers act as if climate change is something that does not affect us. We continue to clear our rainforests and cut our hills as if climate change does not exist. But even small changes in seasonal monsoon rainfall patterns could affect rice production in Southeast Asia.
Undoubtedly Superstorm Sandy will raise awareness of the danger of climate change for the survival of humanity. As sea levels rise and weather reaches extreme levels, will we soon see climate change refugees?
Why isn’t climate change and our usage of fossil fuels more seriously discussed? Because we want to carry on with business as usual under the prevailingly model of profit-driven corporate-led globalisation that enriches a small minority of humanity? How foolishly and dangerously short-sighted.