~ PROLOGUE ~ HOW I MET THE CLIMATE ~ THE MEANING OF SCIENCE ~ THE STATE OF THE CLIMATE ~ BEGINNING
ONE CHANCE ~ TRIBES ~ SENTIENCE ~
~ AGONY ~ LETTER TO PRESIDENT REIF OF MIT
WHO IS AT FAULT ~ CRITIQUE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES ~
WORLD CLIMATE AUTHORITY ~ A BIT OF BIO ~ APOLLO 8 ~ EPILOGUE
World Economic Forum
A Clear Descent
"If we continue to produce, consume and power our lives the way we do right now, forests, oceans and weather systems will be overwhelmed and collapse....
"We act as Homo technologicus, with the mindset of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Alongside the technological revolution, we need an equally unprecedented cultural revolution in the way we connect with the planet."
In my experience it is rare that someone "gets it", and someone (or more) at the Forum clearly does. I think I let out a sign of relief heard across the street."
It has bugged, upset, perplexed, etc. me that humanity was not paying attention to the home front. I swear that someplace on the planet there are accountants with green eyeshades tallying zwoty (Polish) made by the big guys from the planet, and especially those that did not clean up the messes they made or paid to humanity a fair price for that which lined all their pockets.
More to the point, as we began burning fossel fuel for nearly eveything we needed, and despsite warnings as far back as 1824 by Joseph Fourier, the carbon issue was ignored. Oil drilling, coal mines, strip mines, fracking and so forth leads to the giant question of why do the rich and very rich insist on getting richer. I have thought it might be a holdover hunting and gathering that inculcated an instinct to hoard.
The rapacious insistance of lowering taxes without consideration of consequences is mindboggling.
Amazon pays no taxes and I read that it is the top 0.1% that own the government. And so now we have a government of, by and for the rich. 2020 will be very critical although Trump may have done so much harm it will take generations to recover if we ever do.
Which leaves the enormous question of why he has such a following. Is it inadequate education, or somehing more fundamental best explained by evolutionary psychology. In any case there is a devestating neglect of the climate with white supremisists and evangelicals playing a devistatiing role. I have gotten a gleeful reponse from evangelicals that the end times are coming.