The epitome of a waste of time are discussions with stubborn climate change deniers about the climate crisis. Apart from irrefutable scientific findings, one’s own eyes, combined with a minimal portion of intellect, are enough to understand: All of the worn-out descriptions from five to 12 to five past 12 no longer apply in this context. It is worse. Or, to use the ancient metaphor, the 12 o’clock alarm has been ringing for hours, and no one is listening. The climate catastrophe has long since occurred. The historic heatwave summer, the remaining rivulet of the Rhine, deadly forest fires in the Harz mountains and around mine in Brandenburg, and, most recently, biblical storms on Crete, all send their regards.
Nevertheless, every tiny measure that could help our climate is being discussed to death. Potential measures are tossed around like hot potatoes, with everyone pointing at the others. In the end, nothing is implemented. That makes me angry. Here are a few examples.