Climate change fell off your radar? Me too. I’ve been thinking about the economy, and ubiquitously referenced polls illustrate that pretty much everyone else has too.
Then, today, I read an article about climate change by Bill McKibben. His article is powerful stuff…
Basic summary: We’ve already fucked ourselves, but that’s more reason than ever to stop playing games and get to work.
Best point: This is no longer an Environmental problem. In fact, McKibben argues this is no longer something (if it ever was) that the “enviornmentalists” could fix alone. It’s too great in scope. Climate change is going to mess up agriculture, start wars, possibly define civilization as we know it for the indefinite future. “As abrupt climate change hits home, warfare may again come to define human life.”
Sure it’s bleak, but that’s the thing. News on climate changes has been bleak for a while, and we’ve done nothing. Now it’s bleaker than ever and it’s going to take a massive change to fix it. Bill’s right: we need to immediately stop looking at this as a niche problem and realize this is a global problem. If we keep thinking that someone else will solve it, no one ever will.
Highly recommend reading the article to understand where we’re at as a planet. It makes some good points and debunks arguments (and excuses) that abound… even in my head.
Act now, we’re told, if we want to save the planet from a climate catastrophe. Trouble is, it might be too late. The science is settled, and the damage has already begun. The only question now is whether we will stop playing political games and embrace the few imperfect options we have left.