Enough of us bloggers have written about Pompeii that it’s almost become a caricature of itself. How many millions of well-worn sandals have traipsed through those most amazing and most sad streets of that city? And what did everyone take away from that event? Sadness, of course, but we would also suspect that there was more than a little detachment. Can people of this day and age really connect with something so horrific that happened so long ago? Actually visiting Pompeii certainly sharpens the attention; how can it not? The sense of not only loss, but of vibrant life is palpable there.
Even US warmonger James Schlesinger remarked that “We are not good at recognizing distant threats even if their probability is 100%. Society ignoring it is like the people of Pompeii ignoring the rumblings below Vesuvius.” Does Pompeii foretell the rumblings of climate change? After all, the volcano was right at their doorsteps. Did they fear it? Did they make other plans? How would things have changed if they’d listened to Mother Earth? How will things change for us if we don’t listen?
At this point in time, both Pompeii and climate change are real. Watch the BBC video below to see how palpable not listening can be.
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