There is a famous anecdote about boiling frogs.It goes that if you place a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will leap out right away. But, if you put a frog in a kettle filled with cool water, and then gradually turn up the heat – the frog will not become aware of the boiling threat until it is too late.
A sad story for frogkind, undoubtedly – but also a useful metaphor for human beings?
We use it to pitch the importance of school performance to children, resilience to adults, or healthy lifestyles to teenagers.
But where do we stand today, in the froginess scale?Most people would consider themselves to have higher awareness than that of the frog. We believe we can luxuriate in the bliss of warm water and still jump out before it’s too late.
In a few months, 196 countries and territories will come together to (fingers crossed!) sign a new global agreement on climate change in Paris.
- How likely it is that we will set clear rules in this new international contract?
- How likely it is that the rules will be respected by all?
- Can we face up to the difficult questions that are being posed?
Last month, UNDP in Armenia held Yerevan’s very first TEDx Salon.
Speakers of all shapes and sizes – environmental experts, civil society leaders, government ministers, and academics – spoke in front of a packed audiences on the perils of climate change and wider environmental issues what we need to do to combat it.
Here, our very own Dr. Diana Harutyunyan, UNDP in Armenia’s climate change expert, shares her thoughts on the similarities between humans and frogs amidst our slowly boiling planet:
P.S. No frogs were harmed in the making of this blog
by Marina Mkhitaryan and Diana Harutyunyan
Reproduced from here.