Last week, some pension fund CIOs, trustees and managers said "No more!" to that tranquilizing drug of gradualism #climate #change #now
When MLK pitted "the fierce urgency of now" against "the tranquilizing drug of gradualism", he touched on the heart of the problem with the human condition. Often, even when we realise a situation is urgent, we want to deal with it slowly, gradually. All in good time. No need to jump the gun.
When it comes to climate change, two categories into which our excuses classically fall are mañana and Messiah. The mañana excuse kicks the can down the road because "I'm pretty sure it will work itself out in due course". The Messiah excuse just assumes someone else (usually the Government) will come along and fix the problem. Me? I can just watch and wait.
But look what happens when one person decides that the fierce urgency of now wins out over slowly, gradually. On 20 August 2018, Greta Thunberg, aged 15, was so outraged that "no one was doing anything about the climate", she stopped going to school and sat on the pavement outside the Swedish Parliament next to a sign she made.