"Whether it’s the apocalyptic wildfires that once again ravaged California and
the West this summer, a heat dome over the Pacific Northwest that made parts of
Canada feel like Phoenix on the Fourth of July or the devastating floods in my
state of Pennsylvania after Hurricane Ida dumped months’ worth of rainfall in a
few hours, it is clear that dangerous climate change is upon us.
One can no longer credibly deny that climate change is real, human-caused, and
a threat to our civilization. That means that the forces of inaction — the
fossil fuel interests and the front groups, organizations and
mouthpieces-for-hire they fund — have been forced to turn to other tactics in
their effort to keep us dependent on fossil fuels.
These tactics include deflection (focusing attention entirely on individual
behavioral change so as to steer the societal discourse away from a discussion
of the needed policies and systematic changes), division (getting climate
advocates fighting with each rather than speaking with a united voice), and the
promotion of doomism (convincing some climate advocates that it’s too late to
do anything anyway).
But the D-word du jour is delay. And we’ve become all too familiar with the
lexicon employed in its service: “adaptation,” “resilience,” “geoengineering”
and “carbon capture.” These words offer the soothing promise of action, but all
fail to address the scale of the problem.
Adaptation and resilience are important. We must cope with the detrimental
effects of climate change that are already baked in — coastal inundation and
worse droughts, floods and other dangerous weather events. But if we fail to
substantially reduce carbon emissions and stem the warming of the planet, we
will exceed our collective adaptive capacity as a civilization."
Via Robert Sanscartier.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics