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What will it take to bust through climate stalling?

To move past endless bickering and incrementalism on climate action, humans must act as a single species with a common goal

When human beings evolved in Africa 150,000 years ago, we were not very impressive compared to the huge herds of other mammals around us. I’m sure none of them looked at us – upright, furless apes – in terror, because our great survival trait was not obvious: a massive brain that was observant, curious and creative, with a great memory. 

That organ invented a concept none of the other creatures had – the future – and realized we could affect that future by what we do in the present. By looking ahead, we were able to, using our experience and observation, anticipate hazards or favourable possibilities and thus deliberately choose to avoid danger and take advantage of opportunity. 

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