"Big Ben remained silent, as it has done since restoration work began on it two years ago, watching over parliament's renovations and negotiations. Down below, thousands of alarm clocks were ringing out, and while they lacked the size of Big Ben, they made up for it in volume. The alarms had a whole range, from classic tick-tock bedside clocks, to mobile phones, to improvised whistles, but they all rang the same message in chorus: The time is now.
The ticking is of a planet running out of time, and the alarms have been ringing for a while, but not everybody has been listening. We are living through times of extreme weather events, yet we merely hold up our metaphorical umbrellas and hope for the best. We see stress and mental health problems on the rise, we see studies that prove a link between connecting to nature and improved mental health, and yet we have no large-scale plan for putting the two together. We are our own worst enemies. But things can change, things have to change, and events like this are a way to help everyone figure out how on earth we're going to manage that change.