Enjoy the view from the end of the world — cheer it on!
Raw Video: Huge Glacier Collapse in Argentina – YouTube.
And we’ve got a “truly exceptional” outbreak of deadly tornadoes. Weather on steroids. No, no one weather event can be attributed to global warming, but to ignore the broad context of these extreme events would be blind and stupid.
Ocean acidification (caused by CO2 dissolving in ocean water, creating carbonic acid) is increasing at the highest rate in 300 million years, with disastrous effects for ocean life and the food chain generally — and we may be on our way to a mass extinction seen only five times before in 540 million years of multicellular life.
And we’re in denial. Sure, the right denies that it’s real, which is mule-headed and monstrous. But give them credit — climate denial is a priority to them. On the other hand, the left simply fails to make it a priority. It’s not a main priority on the major lefty blogs — Kos, etc. The Occupy folks, who have done an immense amount of good, are mostly fixated on pocketbook/class issues,m and hardly mention climate. In calling for cleaner energy, the President doesn’t even mention global warming and its likely consequences — flooding, starvation, political instability (war), entire regions and industries decimated by drought or flood, and so forth.
We are in denial, in Massachusetts. The local effects of climate change will likely not be brought into our Senate race. Why? No one wants to hear about it. Too depressing. We want to hear about foreclosures and the middle class and the political horse races, because it’s pressing stuff, and maybe we can do something about it. The climate seems to fit into the important-not-urgent square, ie. the place to be ignored and pushed off: Too depressing.
I read that certain churches have suggested a carbon fast as a Lenten discipline. On one hand, it’s good to be made aware on a personal basis what one does with one’s carbon to get through the day. But I also think it misses the point. Personal virtue and atomized action will not prevent disaster, because personal evil didn’t cause the problem. It’s political dysfunction that’s driving us into the ditch: Capture of our politicians, our elections, and our public discourse by those whose revenue streams depend on the continuation and expansion of a fossil fuel economy.
On this blog, there are only a handful of people interested enough to blog or comment on these issues. Personally, I find it so discouraging that I can only bring myself to post on it every once in a while. That’s weak and unacceptable.
And sometimes I hear that screaming bloody murder about this issue simply turns people off. Change the subject to something more positive — like jobs, and clean energy. Gray skies are gonna clear up!
Sorry, I have no use for that line of reasoning. If the buliding’s on fire, I yell “FIRE”! I don’t suggest to people that it’s a lovely day outside and wouldn’t it be nice to go for a stroll? If my kid steps into traffic, I don’t try to coax him to come back to the sidewalk with soothing words. I don’t hear those who are concerned with terrorism or foreign military threats pulling their rhetorical punches in such a way. If something is dangerous, you damn well say so. That’s common sense.
Christ, do you you want your kids to grow up in a world of catastrophe and strife? The future gets here whether you’re prepared for it or not. We can’t control what happens or when; but we can decide not to go down without a fight — yes, one with a lot of [metaphorical] blood and teeth on the floor.
We need to wake the hell up.