I now have some really exciting if not a bit scary news. It is now official that I will be a first time Dad sometime in March next year. Like many of my friends and family who have become fathers this moment or calm before the storm can bring on some moments of reflection mixed with a sense of panic. Thoughts such as how are we going to survive on one income? Baby names, we need a bigger apartment, I have no idea how to change a nappy, (I remember well the conversation I had recently with my brother who has three children “If you can change a nappy without needing to have a shower afterwards then you are doing well”
) and finally the big question how am I going to go as a dad?
It also brings into a bit of focus to what kind of world will “Critter” grow up in (Critter being the pet name of our unborn child) I am now 35 so when Critter will be my age the year will be 2045.
A scary thought, Critters old man will be 70 and probably still trying to play cricket and waiting for the All Blacks to win a second world cup. The big question I have is “what will the world look like?”
Will we see runway climate change? Will we manage to wean ourselves of the dependence on fossil fuels? What will the sea levels be at? Will there be any polar ice caps? Was the recent dust storm in Sydney now a regular event? What will the house insurance premiums be like?
Will critter be able to go to places like I have such as the Serengeti and camp with lions and see wild elephants, how about climbing on a glacier with crampons? Diving in the Maldives or snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef?
Will I end up like a very older version of Pete Postlewaite in my own version of the “Age of Stupid”
type movie and look back on the moment when critter was born and say what was I doing? Did I do enough?
Will I be able to face my future son or daughter and say I did everything I could? Could any parent for that matter be able to say that to their children in 2045?
Or maybe, just maybe everything will be ok. In December the world leaders will come together and set some real goals and time frames that start looking after our planet. The politicians may stop arguing with each other and start seriously looking after our future. Large and small companies will continue to strive to be more environmentally conscious and the new generation of Critters will be able to enjoy the life that I have had.
Really are we leaving too much to chance? Can we all be doing more? I would be really interested to get your thoughts.
PS: One small thing that I just did was sign up to Hopenhagen. It takes a couple of minutes and my name along with thousands of others will be presented to the leaders attending the Copenhagen conference in December. I just hope they are listening.