“I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad.”

In one of the most famous cinematic speeches, Peter Finch’s character in the 1976 film, Network, rails against the social and moral decay of the world around him. Playing the fed-up news broadcaster Howard Beale, Finch unfurled a performance that still resonates today. He was mad as hell, and he wasn’t going to take it anymore.

That opening line, though, could just as easily be directed at the global stasis in response to the climate crisis. We know things are bad. That is the most maddening aspect of the looming catastrophe.

The latest report from the United Nations (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), first published last year, outlined the potentially cataclysmic effects emanating from the “irreversible” warming of our planet. Floods, droughts, wildfires, and the displacement of millions of people now seem inevitable, it says unless we pull back from the brink and avoid a global temperature rise of 1.5C by 2050.

Cricket, despite its ability to distract from the outside world, is not immune. But rather than sit idly by and shake our fists in anguish, those who play, administer and support this sport can actively engage in making a difference.

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