Do you want to join the fight?

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Then:

“Hello, we are at war against Gruasia — do you want to join the fight?”

“Why are we at war against Gruasia?”
“Nobody really knows, but we are…”

“What do I need to do?”
“Leave your family behind, avoid dying of starvation or some disease, murder lots of people, and try to not to get killed…”

“What is in it for me?”
“Honour, dead or alive”

“That sounds like a fair deal! Count me in!”

Now:

“Hello, we are trying to stop climate change — do you want to join the fight?”

“Why would I want to fight climate change?”
“Because otherwise millions of people and animals around the world will die of starvation, extreme weather, diseases and natural disasters caused by climate change. Millions more will be thrown into poverty and forced to emigrate”

“What do I need to do?”
“Very little: vote in elections and with your feet. Keep the government and the private sector accountable. They are responsible for facilitating the low carbon transition. In the meantime, you may want to consider some simple lifestyle changes — don’t fly too much, reduce your meat consumption, those sorts of things”

“What is in it for me?”
“Life as you know it”

“That sounds like a lot of work for very little. I think I’ll pass.”

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I mostly write — and read — short fiction, although I’ve somehow stumbled into poetry too.

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Catherine J. Clark

Catherine J. Clark

I mostly write — and read — short fiction, although I’ve somehow stumbled into poetry too.

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