We certainly live in interesting times. And to be honest, this has been coming, at the very latest, since The Limits to Growth was published in 1972. Millions if not billions of people all over the world have been suffering from multiple crises since then. Now even the lucky few are starting to feel the impact of a world that feels like it is rapidly unravelling.
The Coronavirus pandemic is far from over. Russia has invaded Ukraine. In Afghanistan desperate parents are selling their children in the hope that at least some of them will survive. It is insanely hot at both polar ice caps.
Trying to do anything about it can feel like that meme of a tiny digger trying to get that enormous container ship unstuck from the Suez Canal. And yet try we must. Fridays for Future are organising a climate march on 25th March 2022, and the very least we can do is turn up and protest.
That’s not enough but the climate movement needs us all, just as we need a world kept within the planetary boundaries that keep us alive.
And to stay calm, and keep going and stop the panic that stops you from acting, I have found the simple act of repairing my clothes to be effective. It will not stop multiple crises. It might keep me calm enough to work out my next step.