It is impossible not to be deeply saddened by the human suffering in Japan. We watch harrowing images daily with what is, in truth, a detached lack of true understanding. We are safe in our homes, warm and dry, with our families and possessions cuddled close and utility at the flick of a switch or turn of a tap. We discuss, we admonish and we utter overt and well-meaning pledges of support whilst deep down we inwardly whisper - there but for grace of God go we. But for how much longer will we be immune to the planet's idiosyncrasies?
I know that some will argue there is a scientific link between what we refer to wholesale now as 'climate change' and the earthquakes and ensuing tsunami in Japan. Many will respond, equally vociferously, that Japan has suffered earthquakes and been at the mercy of the sea for centuries and, on which, climate change has not had any demonstrable impact. The vagaries of both empirical academic study and global geopolitical gamesmanship, although each are different beasts entirely, have both produced a terrifying uncertainty about the future of our planet and the nature of humanity's response to the most serious threat to our existence since time immemorial. Although not a complete failure, throwing climate change into stark relief as it did, the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen did not achieve anywhere near enough. No commentator could possibly disagree.