Thinking about how humanity is actually an entangled part of nature and not separate from it seems to me a critical part of changing the relationship between humans and the environment on which we depend. This is a key element of my practice and some of my current research into this is truly alarming. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released reports confirming a global scientific consensus, examining peer-reviewed journals and expert research, of anthropogenic climate disruption. The 2014 report states: “Human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gasses are the highest in history”. Some of the cited changes to climate include ocean warming, increased precipitation, increased ocean salinity and acidification, loss of polar ice mass, and rising sea levels. Some of the impacts of this include changes to water resources (quantity and quality), plant and animal species loss, reduction in crop yield undermining food security, increasing displacement of people, and an uneven distribution of risks ‘generally greater for disadvantaged people’.
IPCC, Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report Summary for Policymakers, (https://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar5/syr/AR5_SYR_FINAL_SPM.pdf, 2014). Ibid, 2, Ibid, 13