In Hothouse Earth (Icon Books 2022: 160) Bill McGuire writes:
“The truth is, playing down the potential worst effects of global heating and climate breakdown is far worse than raising the alarm and amounts to what I like to call climate appeasement. It does nothing to help spur the urgent action that is required, and by underplaying the climate threat it works - intentionally or not - to encourage a grudging and cautionary approach to emissions cuts that we can no longer afford.”
I don’t really understand this, perhaps because I’m confused about what “climate appeasement” means. Who / What is being appeased? The future? It makes no sense to me. Those of you with better brains than me, please help * …
* I mean, not even Steve Martin could explain it to me!
It is widely quoted that Churchill, who was a vigorous opponent of our appeasing of Nazi Germany in the 1930s, said: "An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last", although what he actually said was more like this:
"Each one hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last. All of them hope that the storm will pass before their turn comes to be devoured. But I fear greatly that the storm will not pass. It will rage and it will roar ever more loudly, ever more widely."
See this for more background. I'd say there is no escaping from the climate change croc.