We are now face to face with a global emergency.
It was the images that flashed across our screens for those long, terrible weeks of the Australian bushfires last summer that became a tipping point for me. Pictures of kids in boats, wildlife destroyed en-masse and birds falling from the sky, of entire ecosystems made uninhabitable. Of course, I had been acutely aware of climate change up until then.
But last summer’s bushfires became a shocking vision of an apocalypse unfolding right now in real time, and jarringly brought it home to me that this was an issue demanding urgent attention including within our own organisation. It hit me that we are now face to face with a global emergency.
As chief executive of Plan International Australia,…