When the History Books Are Written

Climate Change 2022 Mitigation of Climate Change
Working Group III Report

The full blog post is available here. It starts with the following words.


When historians in future generations look back on the early twenty-first century they are likely to summarize the events of our time as follows.

  1. Theirs was a time of extraordinary communications technology. Anyone with anything to say could use social media, web sites, blogs and YouTube to communicate their message.

  2. The most important message in those days was that the climate is changing rapidly and drastically. The scientists accurately predicted catastrophes — including famine, wars and refugee crises.

  3. No one listened. Only a tiny, tiny minority even read the scientists’ reports. In spite of all the whiz-bang technology there was an almost total absence of communication — the scientists issued their reports, the people and governments of that time went about their business as normal. The few people who even had an interest treated climate change as just one problem among many.

  4. What went wrong? How could communications have failed so totally?