senior lecturer in intelligent autonomous systems at the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at the University of the West of England
Of all the challenges that we will face in the 21st century, there is one that looms so large that all others pale into insignificance beside it - global warming. I’m not a climatologist and so this is not ‘my field’ in the academic sense, but I believe this issue is far more important than anything in my own discipline. As far as solutions are concerned, the stark truth is that there are none. It is too late to do anything to stop or reverse global warming and all we can do now is to prepare to deal with the consequences.
Governments must draw up plans for evacuating all cities that are less than 10 metres above sea level. But governments themselves may not survive the catastrophic consequences of global warming, so individuals should make plans for surviving the collapse of state authorities. This means learning to grow crops, to practise low-tech medicine, and to defend themselves against the bands of roving warlords who will inevitably exploit the power vacuum caused by the collapse of national governments.
Dylan Evans is a contributor to Debating Humanism (buy this book from Amazon (UK)). See his website.