Climate Change: How Would You Act If Your House Was On Fire?

For decades humans have known that we are driving climate change.  And for most of that time, it’s been clear that unless we change our ways, the planet may become largely, if not wholly, inhospitable to humans as well as many other plants and animals.

The experts tell us that we’ve reached a tipping point.  We cannot reverse climate change any longer.  The best we can hope for is to stop the progress and mitigate the damages we’ve already wrought — the impacts we see now as well as those that are already in motion due to current actions.

Concretely, the United Nations warns us that we will experience hotter temperatures, more severe storms, increased droughts, rising ocean levels, loss of species, not enough food, increased health risks, and increased poverty and displacement.


Listen to a podcast where Michael and Lee discuss the related question: ‘What are you willing to sacrifice?’ We also discuss a bonus question: ‘What do you believe?’


Our house is on fire.

It’s been burning for quite some time.  But the fire, until fairly recently, progressed slowly.  Not so any longer.  The pace of climate change has been increasing.  And every year, it seems we need to recalculate the rate of change to faster still.   To stop the progress and mitigate the damages will require immediate changes to the world, national, and local economies; more sustainable agriculture practices; assistance to struggling regions of the world already seeing life-threatening impacts; sustainable technologies (old and new), and dramatic changes to our personal lives.

While some advocate for the necessary immediate changes, the dominant view appears to be kicking the can down the road. We convince ourselves that new technologies will save us or that younger generations will take this seriously and enact needed changes. So, we’re either pinning ourselves to shallow hope or acknowledging that the pains of change are not ones we will initiate.

We should expect more of ourselves.  How would you act if your house was on fire?  Because it is.

Related questions: How is climate change impacting you? What is keeping us from sustaining the planet? What is the greatest problem facing humanity?

Plants Or Animals?

Some people have plants throughout their house; others have pets. Some visit the zoo; others the arboretum. Do you like plants or animals better?

Share why if you wish.

Plants Or Animals?

Chicken Or Egg?

As the classic head-scratcher goes, an egg can only be laid by a chicken, but a chicken must have hatched from an egg. Which came first?

What are other examples of cyclical paradoxes?

Share why if you wish.

Chicken Or Egg?
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Zoo Or No Zoo?

A zoo can be the first exposure that a person has to animals from around the world. This might make them more aware of the ecosystem and our place in it. Alternately, is it moral to take an animal from it’s natural habitat, and keep it in a small enclosure?

Is it better to have zoos or no zoos?

Share why if you wish.

Zoo Or No Zoo?

Spiders Or Snakes?

Most Throwdown Thursday questions ask for your preferred option. For today’s choice of spiders or snakes, you can choose your least favorite if you like.

Share why if you wish.

Spiders Or Snakes?