The Oxford Dictionary defines the word edge as the outside limit of an object, area or surface. It`s that place next to the steep drop; the point before something unpleasant or momentous occurs, as personal as an epiphany at the beginning or ending of a self-realized moment, it can be as large as a country or civilization at the edge of collapse; an edge is also a thin linear thread or a thought that holds the edges of time between this and that, then and now; the line along which two surfaces, real or imagined, meet.
These edges are transitional or liminal spaces that exist in everything known. They occur every day and in every moment, and they have throughout time. They are often unannounced as they gently take shape around and within us, often unconscious as we often don’t recognise them at first, sometimes decades like another Ice Age. Others have a more momentous entrance defining the beginning or end of something such as a birth or death, the end of war, hunger, and poverty. Ironically science confirms that our planet was destined for another ice age. However, with the industrial revolution, increasing populations, over-consumption and our reliance on fossil fuels, this changed the nature of things. The speed of which current climate change is unfolding is making it increasingly difficult for humans and our natural world to adapt and the many distractions that abound are not helping as we seem to be approaching that steep drop where it feels like something unpleasant or momentous is about to happen.
In the face of widespread fear and apathy, an international coalition of researchers, professionals, and scientists have come together to offer a set of realistic and bold solutions to climate change. Project Drawdown offers a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming and is a wonderful read as well as an interesting interview with Chad Frischmann.