Armed with fresh fodder this week, I have been doing a great deal of soul searching and contemplation about the big picture: earth, her future and the role we as her inhabitants have played in her past, the present resulting tolls upon her and how radically we need to change our ways if we hope to share in her future.

“We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.” — Carl Sagan

This angry awakening of mine did not begin a week ago, a month ago or even a year ago. Like so many of us, I have nurtured a convenient suit of armour, adorned myself with an effective and protective resistance to reality. In short, I have deliberately ignored the facts. In this awakening, I have run the gauntlet…

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