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The Uninhabitable Earth

Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think.

 

A groundbreaking article, which reports on interviews with well known environmental scientists was published in the New York mag online (9th of July) titled: 'The Uninhabitable Earth' illustrates the inevitable, interrelated destructive climate change phenomena taking place right now and in the very very near future - very accessible and very informative.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/07/climate-change-earth-too-h…

Some of the phenomena described include 'Climate Plagues' (viruses which are locked into the Arctic ice being released) and 'Perpetual Wars' (which is already happening and will escalate enormously).

This I found very interesting from the article to reflect on:

 

“Consider, for example, the stories that congeal around questions like, ‘Where were you when the Berlin Wall fell?’ or ‘Where were you on 9/11?’ ” he writes. “Will it ever be possible to ask, in the same vein, ‘Where were you at 400 ppm?’ or ‘Where were you when the Larsen B ice shelf broke up?’ ” His answer: Probably not, because the dilemmas and dramas of climate change are simply incompatible with the kinds of stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, especially in novels, which tend to emphasize the journey of an individual conscience rather than the poisonous miasma of social fate.

Surely this blindness will not last — the world we are about to inhabit will not permit it. In a six-degree-warmer world, the Earth’s ecosystem will boil with so many natural disasters that we will just start calling them “weather”: a constant swarm of out-of-control typhoons and tornadoes and floods and droughts, the planet assaulted regularly with climate events that not so long ago destroyed whole civilizations.

 

Indeed, what are the stories we tell - novels in and about our personal lives! And how does the destruction of life as we know it informs these narratives, if not at all?

And this is even more interesting:

And yet, improbably, Ward is an optimist. So are Broecker and Hansen and many of the other scientists I spoke to. We have not developed much of a religion of meaning around climate change that might comfort us, or give us purpose, in the face of possible annihilation. But climate scientists have a strange kind of faith: We will find a way to forestall radical warming, they say, because we must.

And from another article on overpopulation, which is a related issue to Climate change:

 

Fenner told The Australian newspaper that 'homo sapiens will become extinct, perhaps within 100 years.'

'A lot of other animals will, too,' he added.

'It's an irreversible situation. I think it's too late. I try not to express that because people are trying to do something, but they keep putting it off.'

 

These conversations now become more and more important; the shift of story, the changing of narrative, the turning of the wheel.

I have been in deep reflection for a few weeks now, whilst I have been very busy with my work and re-discovering a sense of orientation of beingness amidst life as its happening and the stories I tell. Im soon off for a silent retreat, camping, and then again off to more wild camping in the arms of Nature.

I trust you are all in your flow xx