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Critically Insufficient

Whether we change our lives or do nothing, we have responded. To do nothing is to do something.

Johnathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals.

The above is from the Climate Action Tracker, which measures countries' progress on meeting the Paris Agreement's targets of 2°C and 1.5°C of warming.

Morocco and the Gambia are the only countries known to be on track to meet the 1.5°C target. Five countries are on track for 2°C. The rest of the world ranges from insufficient to critically insufficient action – including the country I currently reside in.

At the moment, the conservative estimate is that we are on track for over 3°C of warming by the end of the century. Even at 2°C, the "goal" we are failing to meet, we might trigger feedback loops that make further warming unavoidable. We're not only breaking the planet, but making repair impossible.

In daily life, I struggle to comprehend the make-believe and denial. I feel something like the prisoner returning to Plato's cave. Asked to judge the merit of shadows, after having seen the sun paint color on the world.