A Climate Carol — How I’m haunted by the Ghosts of Climates Past, Present, and Future

Looking back and looking forward

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The Ghost of Climate Future

For the longest time, beaches have made me anxious. Worst are the most familiar ones — those I visited as a child, playing on their vast expanse of sand.

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The Ghost of Climate Past

I cast my gaze the other way and before me floats the Ghost of Climate Past. It haunts me with a thousand missed opportunities — decades of inaction, back when there still was time.

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The Ghost of Climate Present

Here, I suppose, I’m supposed to be hopeful? To tell of how we still have time to turn it all around? If the Ghost of Climate Present offers such solace, it does so paradoxically.

Research Fellow in Geography at the Uni of Melbourne. I research agricultural skills and alternative food movements in the global South. Twitter: @trentpbrown

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