EVOLVE NOW (PART 4 OF 4)
by Danny Heim
[photo Wikimedia Commons]
[published: July 2, 2011 (11:00 AM PST)]
Is there hope? No, not really. I mean it. Listen, we still have people who think we can mitigate this problem away simply by regulation and taxes, let alone the large portion of the world that thinks this is all a hoax. As I said earlier, there are whole books written addressing the realities of the deniers and skeptics. But I’ll go into that no further. Why? Because we don’t have the time so we simply have to ignore them; if they don’t want to participate, then so be it. The rest of us will just have to do it for them.
I’ll say this, if we started today, July 11th 2010, and we shut down production completely, drastically minimized transportation, and shut off all our lights, TV’s, water heaters, refrigerators, and all the other conventions that make up the modern world; we “might” slow down the build up of greenhouse gases enough to reverse the trend of global warming. Though many scientists think it still would be too late. However, even if it isn’t too late, do you have any notion that we are going to do anything like this anytime soon? We can’t even get the public aware of the real problems we face with this, let alone get strong enough regulation in place and in time to do much of anything worth while. Our global accords are a joke. So far, no one is showing they are wiling to sacrifice to the level truly needed to thwart climate change.
At our current pace, we are going to be lucky to get any sort of meaningful legislation in place in time. I’m guessing it will be at least 2015. Though many scientists are saying we should have started this back in the 90’s. And mostly, whatever legislation is being introduced at present, climate scientists say it is much too weak.
So no, there is little hope, at least not for effectively mitigating greenhouse gas emissions that cause the warming. The best we can do is adapt; even that will be the greatest accomplishment of the human race ever conceived. Actually, in the course of adaptation, a natural mitigation will follow right with it. If we are gong to reset the economy and reshape our infrastructure, I seriously doubt they will include the continued emissions of greenhouse gases.
This is we what have to do, we have to adapt or we will die. It is you and I that will get it done. Our greatest hope to survive the coming peril is the human collective.
Our time has come. For eight million years we’ve been evolving, and until now nothing has stopped or slowed that but the awkwardness of our own growth. We’ve had the luxury of taking our time to become. And my, what we have become and are becoming, what a wonder to experience the human endeavor to collectively grow and learn. We are very special in the universe, but we are expendable.
The earth’s climate does not heed our evolution. It can not consciously give us a break; change its mind and calm down. It is acting only in accordance with a physical response to our doings. A sink faucet does not shut off because we forgot to do it ourselves; it runs till we shut it off. If we don’t it has no choice but to over flow the basin. Thinking that, “it can’t be so” will not change a thing; it is going to get hotter no matter what you think. The facet is running and we can’t shut it off.
We have to adapt. To do that will take nothing short of a miracle of civilization. Because to truly adapt in a way that will bring about anything meaningful to the survival of our species will take every ounce of effort from every human being able to give anything at all. Imagine a completely new infrastructure. Because after all, that is what this article is really calling for more than anything, the building of an entirely new infrastructure on a global scale. One that serves the survival of all human beings, not because it is such a high ideal, but because under the conditions of climate change it is all of us or none of us. It just so happens that our over population problem could actually be the one thing that becomes our success in the end. PEOPLE, lots of them will be needed to work. Employment will be 100%. We are going to be tearing down structures from small buildings to mass structures such as dams and canals.
Our concern will be the survival of our species, just like when a hurricane comes ashore, we just get through the storm and stay alive; recovery comes later. Put that on a geologic time scale in regards to climate change as the storm, but in this case it’s a thousand-year storm we are bracing for. I mean that literally. Scientists say that once we have stopped emissions, it will still take at least a thousand years for a new climate equilibrium to settle. It’s a rocky road.
Scientists are saying things even they can’t believe themselves. We are coming to embrace an event so big we just can’t get our minds around it right now. We just can’t believe it. But the facts are in, over and over and over. Read, learn, and find out. When we’ve done that enough, we’ll get together, you’ll see.
Work parties, the thing of the future.