We deserve to perish don’t we?
We are a two legged virus whose pollution has contaminated our biosphere and our political spectrum simply can’t counter the vested corporate interests enough to stop us spiralling into total oblivion.
And oblivion we shall spiral folks because what ever you think you know about climate change, trust me, it’s far, far, far fucking worse than you can possibly imagine.
The reason why you should have shit your pants in total fear when the IPCC came out with its report last month warning us that we had 10 years left to prevent catastrophic climate change is because the IPCC is notoriously conservative in its rulings. If they say we have 10 years left, we really have 10 years left. I’ve been following their reports on climate change since they began, and the thing that is frightening is that their worst case scenarios are fast beaming the only scenarios.
Here is why we are in totally uncharted waters. Our climate changes all the time due to all types of natural cycles and rhythms over hundreds of years. We know from our climate record that catastrophic changes in climate can occur in the space of decades once C02 has built up over hundreds of thousands of years, what we have managed as a species however is to super heating the planet in the space of a mere 3 centuries, how the feedback loops built into the biosphere cope with that level of radical change is totally uncharted waters.
Previously the heating of the planet has caused massive fresh water loss in Greenland which impacts the Labrador Sea ocean pump which shuts down the ocean current, but what we are seeing now are warning signs on every possible front that change of a magnitude unseen naturally in our planets history (short of comet strikes and super volcano explosions)…
So what has been our response to news the end of the world and civilisation as we comprehend it is a mere decade away?
In the NZ Herald there were 7 news stories on the IPCC report, compare that with over 25 news stories for those fucking Lime Scooters. It really says something about us as a people when electric scooters can generate far more attention than the end of the planet as we know it.
Both are wishful thinking because the truth is climate change will be far worse than both are claiming. The truth about climate change is the suddenness of the catastrophe will force voters to demand radical change from the moribund political class. Fear, anger and Fortress NZ will be the new touch values of a political revolution that will sweep away the old and demand a new one.
In a social media world of toxic identity politics partisanship, mutually assured destruction from a climate out of control will bond in a way no amount of kindness or call outs ever could.
It won’t be pretty, it won’t be pleasant – but change will come.