Here’s a book title that defines the relationship between consumerism and climate change. It lists 100 places at risk from climate change, from Hudson Bay to the Maldives, while suggesting you should fly there to see them before they vanish.
There’s even a foreword from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, which says “We simply have to act individually and collectively to reduce our impact on the world.” Great, except that the Metro’s profile of the book this morning says “now is the time to call your travel agent.”
Doesn’t that just define our attitude to the climate? Even as we acknowledge the reality of climate change by recognising that these places are disappearing, we deny our responsibility in that disappearance by encouraging each other to fly there and see them before they’re gone. Little wonder it’s being released on April 1st.
I say it’s a bad book title, rather than book, because it looks like something’s gone a little wrong here. The book appears to be from the 100 places project. There, previous editions and an exhibition are called ‘100 places to remember before they disappear’, which makes more sense. By renaming it ‘100 Places to go before they disappear’, somebody’s made a pretty stupid editorial decision.