“820 million people without enough food in 2018.”
and it’s only gonna get worse … much worse.
We are the richest set of societies to ever grace the surface of this planet. We produce enough food to feed every person on this planet twice over.
Take a gander at the child in the video with the distended stomach from starvation. What if that was your child? In some cases, that is your child.
Food is not a fucking commodity – it’s a necessity for life. Water is not a fucking commodity. Neither is healthcare. Or safety and security.
This is why climate change is a social justice issue. You cannot separate the two. You can’t just deal with rising temperatures or sea levels, without confronting the systemic issues that have caused them, and these systemic issues are turning every aspect of a human being’s life into something that can be bought and sold.
How fucking degrading is that – degrading for ALL of us, regardless of whether you have enough food on your table, or enough resources to provide for yourself and your family.
Human cultures have turned into Smeagol, from Lord of the Rings, only focused on “my precious,” which is to say, all the goddamned shinies in the world.
Grow up. I mean it. Grow the fuck up if you believe that money or gold, and the status and power that come with it, mean fuckall, cuz, they don’t mean nothing, zip, zilch, nada, nichts.
We are all gonna die. We are all gonna die alone. And your collection of trophies is not going with you.
Survivalist retreat shuts off the possibility of action. It assumes that there is no longer any chance of preventing catastrophe, that there is nothing left to be done, that no action to reduce our impact will have any effect. While the scientists whose research I read and who I speak to are increasingly desperate, none condone this view. All argue that, even if we were to pull out all stops now and drive the fastest and largest transition in human history, we will still face severe impacts for generations to come. We will almost certainly lose all corals, including the Great Barrier Reef, for example. Fires and storms and droughts will continue to get more intense and frequent. Make no mistake, things will be bad. But, if we act fast, it doesn’t have to mean extinction. The worst thing to do right now would be to cut off that option and give in to those who want to keep milking profits out of the destruction of our only home. That only makes it less likely that any of us will survive.
Four degrees may not sound like much – after all, it is less than a typical temperature change between night and day. It might even sound pleasant, like retiring from the UK to southern Spain. However, an average heating of the entire globe by 4C would render the planet unrecognisable from anything humans have ever experienced. The last time the world was this hot was 15m years ago during the miocene, when intense volcanic eruptions in western North America emitted vast quantities of CO2. Sea levels rose some 40 metres higher than today and lush forests grew in Antarctica and the Arctic. However, that global heating took place over many thousands of years. Even at its most rapid, the rise in CO2 emissions occurred at a rate 1,000 times slower than ours has since the start of the Industrial Revolution. That gave animals and plants time to adapt to new conditions and, crucially, ecosystems had not been degraded by humans.