Monday, January 21, 2019
Who's a Cassandra?
I realize that I post a lot of items about climate change that aren't very appealing. In fact many of them are pretty dark.
Yet when it comes to gloom and doom, I'm still in the amateur leagues. There are sites, such as climate scientist Guy McPherson's "Nature Bats Last" that I shun like the plague.
Recently I've added Chris Hedges to that "no go" list, at least when he's on about climate change. There was a time when I would go to the TruthDig web site every Monday morning to read Hedges' latest but he's getting too dark even for me. His piece today is pure apocalyptic dreariness.
It may not be apparent but I'm not for throwing in the towel. I believe that we can salvage human civilization, or at least a kernel of it that we can nurture for future generations, if, as a global species we want that. I'm not convinced we're up for that enormity of a challenge because it would mean bringing human civilization back well within the finite boundaries of our planetary environment. That would mean a 60 per cent reduction in population, resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, all of which are trending in the opposite direction.
It's a cause still worth fighting. We need to continue pressing for change, a return to sanity and basic human decency. We've discounted these things that make us human for far too long. We need to realize that we can't survive without them.