We have a saying in German: “Wenn die Katze aus dem Haus ist, tanzen die Mäuse auf dem Tisch.” It’s a bit like when the cats away, the mice play. That’s what’s happening here. There seem to be quite a number of people that have nothing to worry about so they need a bit, bad monster they can be afraid of. Current generations live the most exalted, most worry-free lives ever. And so they must do their utmost to destroy this prosperity which has so far provided the basis for such debauchery. Its human nature. But this development carries the seed for a solution. Once economic pain as a result of an unfounded scare becomes truly painful to bear, voters will swing the pendulum. And that’s happening now too.
Some scientists (epitomized by Dr. Michael Mann) and environmentalists (epitomized by Sir David Attenborough) and climate change campaign groups (epitomized by Extinction Rebellion) hold the opinion that we are experiencing a global ‘climate change emergency’ (the term that seems to be supplanting the pleasingly alliterative ‘climate change crisis’), to the extent that lately cities/counties declaring a ‘climate change emergency’ has become the vogue.