Famed filmmaker James Cameron has metaphorically summed up what the human race is facing from climate change by his reframing the Titanic story:
"Part of the Titanic parable is of arrogance, of hubris, of the sense
that we’re too big to fail. Well, where have we heard that one before?
There was this big machine, this human system, that was pushing
forward with so much momentum that it couldn’t turn, it couldn’t stop in
time to avert a disaster. And that’s what we have right now.
Within that human system on board that ship, if you want to make it a
microcosm of the world, you have different classes, you’ve got first
class, second class, third class. In our world right now you’ve got
developed nations, undeveloped nations.
You’ve got the starving millions who are going to be the ones most
affected by the next iceberg that we hit, which is going to be climate
change. We can see that iceberg ahead of us right now, but we can’t
We can’t turn because of the momentum of the system, the political
momentum, the business momentum. There are too many people making
money out of the system, the way the system works right now, and those
people frankly have their hands on the levers of power and aren’t ready
to let ‘em go.
Until they do, we will not be able to turn to miss that iceberg, and
we’re going to hit it, and when we hit it, the rich are still going to
be able to get their access to food, to arable land, to water, and so
on. It’s going to be the poor, it’s going to be the steerage that are
going to be impacted. It’s the same with the Titanic."
Very well said Mr. Cameron.