Fintan O’Toole: Humans are just apes who burn stuff. Now we must put out the fire

Fintan O’Toole: Humans are just apes who burn stuff. Now we must put out the fire

“Habit,” says Vladimir in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, “is a great deadener.” This is now literally true. If we humans continue with our current habits, we will destroy the life support systems on which we depend.

But we don’t just have to break the habits of a lifetime. To grasp the scale of the challenge facing the global leaders gathering for the Cop26 summit in Glasgow, we must acknowledge that it demands nothing less than breaking the habits of our entire existence as a species.

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