Our human brain is unequalled among living things —it’s what separates us from the other animals. It is the rocket engine behind our extraordinary rise to dominance on the planet, but it’s also the mechanism by which we forged prejudice, persecution and war, industry and pollution, and very possibly our own end by anthropogenic Climate Change.
Compared to other animal brains, ours has virtually super-power abilities to look ahead, to predict and plan, to manage risk. But will we use it in time to mitigate the worst impacts of Climate Change? Or will our short-term navel-gazing obsession with growth-based capitalism, with consumption and leisure, with convenience, externalized costs and invisible waste, and with a sense of entitlement and exceptionalism prevent us from using our most powerful tool for the good of life on earth?