Instead of waiting for the environment to enact some terrible moment to galvanise us into action we need to construct a shock of our own, a social shock where we collectively take action. We are already doing this, but we need to do more. The people need to rise before the seas do.From The New Left Project's post, A Brief History of Climate Change, wherein we are reminded that we've already had one summer in which the North Pole has been briefly ice-free.
By the way, not only would I say that we should construct our own social shock now (or at least really damned soon) before some environmental cataclysm, but we should do the same thing before the next economic cataclysm. We on the left are going to be required to address not only economic inequality and social inequality on a global scale, but also the consequences of what our capitalist system has inflicted upon the very planet upon whose resources we need to survive as a species. It is all connected, as are we. The sooner we get hip to that basic fact and act collectively, the better.