Climate Scientists Consider Extinction

28 10 2015

Climate Scientists Consider Extinction: “Everything is worse and we’re still doing the same things…” “There’s not much money in the end of civilization, and even less to be made in human extinction.”

This is reblogged from The Old Speak Journal…..

In Uncategorized on December 20, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Oldspeak: “A growing cadre of impeccably credentialed and long time climate scientists are sounding more and more dire alarms about where our life support system is headed. Basically it’s headed to point where much of the planet we call home will become inhospitable to human and up to 80% of all other life-forms. it took a free thinking scientist to elucidate the root cause of our extinction. Greed. Greed for something that is nothing more than an abstact social contract. Money. This all-consuming mass delusion is now consuming our civilizations. Quietly, almost politely at first, swallowing small island nations no one really knows or cares about.  By the time our dying world consumes significant, highly populated parts of our civilization, there will be nothing left to do but survive as long as we can.  David Wasdel, director of the Apollo-Gaia Project and an expert on multiple feedback dynamics, says, “We are experiencing change 200 to 300 times faster than any of the previous major extinction events.” why are we acting as if this way of life is still valid? Why are we not questioning this utterly absurd, toxic and unsustainable existence? Why are we still scurrying about gluttonous, mindlessly consuming ever more resources, collecting things, destroying things, building things, moving shit that we don’t need around. We’re the dinobots. Robotic, technologically advanced, disproportionately strong and thought-limited. As were our dinosaur predecessors, we are largely oblivious to what madness is to come. Enjoy your remaining time in the Holocene Extinction!” -OSJ

By Dahr Jamail @ Tom’s Dispatch:

I grew up planning for my future, wondering which college I would attend, what to study, and later on, where to work, which articles to write, what my next book might be, how to pay a mortgage, and which mountaineering trip I might like to take next.

Now, I wonder about the future of our planet. During a recent visit with my eight-year-old niece and 10- and 12-year-old nephews, I stopped myself from asking them what they wanted to do when they grew up, or any of the future-oriented questions I used to ask myself. I did so because the reality of their generation may be that questions like where they will work could be replaced by: Where will they get their fresh water? What food will be available? And what parts of their country and the rest of the world will still be habitable?

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6 responses

28 10 2015
John Doyle

Noam Chomsky mentions what would happen if the corporations rule the world.

28 10 2015

I thought corporations already ruled the world.

29 10 2015

Yes they do Don. And, with the advent of the ISDS clauses in the various Free Trade Agreements, their destruction of democratic processes is now a fait accompli.

28 10 2015

Humans dominate the world now but the dinosaurs dominated the world in their time and I don’t think any near enough people are capable of seeing what we are doing in our domination of the planet. It’s probable we will go the way of the dinosaurs.

28 10 2015

Humans will (sooner or later) go the way of the dinosaurs, as have countless other species in the history of life on earth. Despite the techno optimism of the masses, our destiny is not amongst the stars!

One nit to pick – yes Dinosaurs were many and numerous; some were apex predators, some omnivorous, others herbivirous but, they were all just part of the web of life, none held dominion over all life on earth.

And it is only through domestication, leading to civilisations, that we get the global industrial death cult we see today that is indeed dominating the biosphere. Indigenous humans did not get us here…

Forests preceed civilisations and deserts follow!

29 10 2015

Man’s destruction of the environment started seventy thousand years ago when the naked ape escaped Africa. Around the world mega fauna disappeared hunted to extinction by spear throwing man, then we learned agriculture, then industry. It is only now that big changes are happening within a generation that we even notice.

Well perhaps some of us notice, some will only notice the hotter weather when the air-conditioning stops.

We are changing things orders of magnitude faster than anything that has happened before. We are not at the start of an extinction event, we are well into it. We are at the beginning of the final stages.

When the krill and the bees start going we have an immediate problem, and that would be now.

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