IT'S clear that many of us reading this won’t be around in 2050, so we won’t experience the real severity of the way our current habits and lifestyles are making the climate change so dangerously.

We’re going to miss the real impact of temperatures that will be more than two degrees Celsius warmer than last century, with polar ice melting, sea levels rising, deserts expanding, flooding following intensive and larger rainstorms and more methane pouring out of the northern permafrost as it melts.

By 2050 the population will have increased to nine billion plus, and millions will be on the move driven by food shortages, changing rainfall patterns, rising sea levels, exceptionally hot weather and civil unrest.

We need to face the implications of what happens when millions of people seek security, food and a possible new life in another country. Brexit is about pulling up the drawbridge and not letting desperate people in, and the evidence of the political problems caused by the drought and war ravaged movement from parts of north Africa and Syria suggests we will struggle.

As it appears we are a selfish species, determined to look after ourselves and protect what we have irrespective of what’s happening to others, we can expect a remarkably challenging refugee crisis, unless we control climate change.

One answer is to allow only those not yet 40-years-old to vote on what needs to be done to reduce CO2 levels to-day. Many of them would lack the material ownership of dwellings and land and so are more likely to have less vested interest in protecting personal property.

All the evidence shows that the younger generations are more positive about land based wind turbines, the need to build remarkably energy efficient housing, and the priority needed for the railways and public transport.

Give my great-grand children a chance.