Graeme Maxton

Climate Change Economist and Author

My dad’s a serious criminal. What’s yours?

Picking the kids up from school offers the perfect chance to share your concerns, doesn’t it?

You can talk about their day at school. And you can talk about your job, and your life. You can ask them if they plan to sue you, and share your worries about being be charged with crimes against humanity. They have the chance to ask those important little questions too.

When did you first realise you were a mass murderer, daddy?

Why did you not stop doing that? And so on.

What’s that? You’re not a mass-murderer who’s going to be sued by future generations for what you have done?

Perhaps you are.

If you work in the fossil fuel business or the cement industry, you certainly are. If you work in the conventional car, bus or truck business, you are too. If you work in aviation, in container shipping or the palm-oil business, count yourself in too. And if you produce those ubiquitous nitrate fertilizers, you are part of the problem as well. Or perhaps you work financing these businesses, or help them market their wares. You’re counted in too.

You will be responsible for tens of millions of deaths over the next 20 years.

Not your boss. Not your company. Not the system.

But you.

So talk to your kids, before you kill them, and see what they say.

Your kids and how not to kill them.