Temperatures in both the Arctic are 30 degrees Centigrade above normal for this time of year. In the Antarctic they are 40 degrees above normal. The rate of change is outpacing even the predictions of climate scientists. Do we look away and try to hang on to 5 or 10 more years of approximate normality, or do we try to do something about it? In the recent film Don’t look up, scientists struggle to convince the world of the threat of an approaching comet, a useful stand-in for climate change, which allows the story to be told as a bitter comedy in which media triviality and conspiracy by the rich and powerful prevent an appropriate response. Is this our situation now? Are we taking this seriously enough? As this Guardian article says, time is running out.