I am completely exhausted, aren’t you? For many months we have been trapped inside a seemingly unending health emergency, confined to our homes trying to stay positive on calls to distant family members whilst haplessly educating manic children on the subtleties of trigonometry and Macbeth!
Throughout all this a veritable platter of emergencies to care about are offered up: plastic waste wrapped around marine life, conflicts, poverty, injustice, there are so many voices demanding our empathy, demanding that we care.
This has a real cost, tiredness sets in because we simply cannot cope with another cause to champion when there are so many causes left unsolved, a phenomenon captured in a new term called ‘compassion fatigue’ 1. You do not need me to give you a sparkly new disaster to worry about, so I promise I won’t.
For years we have known about the climate emergency, you are probably familiar with it in fact. Rising global temperatures, damage to ecosystems and a less stable world for us to live in are well-trod topics for you, I am sure. But what is the ecological emergency?