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Global Warming and Humanism: Part 4

Global Warming and Humanism: Part 4

The philosophy of Humanism holds many promises of a better world.  A world based on reason, compassion, human potential, and self-actualisation.   How do you turn that philosophy into action in order to address a problem which is likely to destroy the very world Humanists are trying to create?  There are many things we as Humanists can do, either individually, through our organisations or in a global alliance with like-minded organisations. Whether we can succeed depends on how much insight we have into our own motivations and how much willingness we have to change.

Global Warming and Humanism: Part 2

Global Warming and Humanism: Part 2

This article is about the dilemma that global warming poses to us all.  Do we vigorously deny that it is happening thereby ensuring that we can continue to nourish our self-interests, prejudices and ideologies?  Do we ignore it, or put it to the back of our minds and get on with our lives? Do we accept it is happening and try to do what we can whilst hoping that it won’t be as bad as suggested, or science will find a way around it, or there is still time to tackle the issue?  The scientific consensus is clear, by 2030 we must transform our global economies and societies to reduce our CO2 emissions and prevent the increase in global warming rising above 1.5C.  Do we embrace the facts or rationalise our way out of making the necessary sacrifices?  What about Humanism?  It values reason, a rational and evidence-based approach to decision-making so shouldn’t it be leading the charge?

Global Warming and Humanism: Part 1

Global Warming and Humanism: Part 1

We were warned years ago, and with increasing urgency lately, that global warming was happening and that the consequences, if it was not addressed, would be severe.  However, most of us have done very little that will really make a significant impact to stopping the catastrophic heating of our planet.  Plenty of us have tried our best in all sorts of ways but it is not enough.  Do we need throw ourselves into campaigning to reduce its impact?  Or do we become stoics knowing that we have gone too far for rescue to be a realistic option?  Do we go quietly into the night? What will you do and is Humanist philosophy any help?