Deadly Climate Change Denial

dirty coalI am saddened, shocked and dismayed at humanity's continued climate change denial [search]. How sure of cataclysmic climate change impacts must we be before we fundamentally change our way of being individually and socially? The UN reports that the world suffered an unprecedented string of extreme weather events in early 2007, the Goracle falsely suggests carbon emissions in China can be cut without economic sacrifice, and the poor are to bear even more hunger due to climate change. This is just today's news! How will ecological and social collapse be averted? What sort of actions are necessary and warranted? Who will lead? Who should we follow?

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8 Responses

  1. Jonathan Carroll says:

    I lead, but none follow.

  2. Phillip Huggan says:

    Voting Democrat, or Liberal/NDP, or whatever political party espouses mature climate policies, helps. An aluminum can deposit would reduce energy consumption 0.1% globally.
    Fund: desalination research, “hardy” agriculture research, low-footprint HVAC systems development, novel vehicle body nanocomposites, all solid-state hydrogen storage research, apiculture research, OLEDs, CNTs as electrical transmission lines and other transmission efficiency research…
    Invest (including pensions) in green companies (GE, Ballard, Vestas).
    Pressure local politicians to support transit; to add routes and cameras (to increase ridership).
    Eat less meat; replace with fake amino-acid meat.
    Plant tree saplings.
    Insulate your residence. Give your website/screensaver a black background. Sign up at http://www.ecologyfund.com, click on the daily buttons and send e-mails to twenty friends (saves $10 or so worth of rainforests). Make http://www.everyclick.com your search engine and pick an environmental charity to accpet the 2 cents per search donation (I picked IBRA to increase agri-yields).
    Buy a bike. Eat local food if possible. Shop locally.

  3. R. Gates says:

    What if James Lovelock is correct and the tipping point has already been passed? While I'm not a pessimist, I happen to think that humans have become so addicted to the comforts that the use of fossil fuels have brought, that, even in the face of the obvious climate catastrophe approaching, you will not be able to pry them from their SUV's and air-conditioned homes…no indeed, no human will be able to reason with the addiction to fossil fuels…but Mother Nature won't have to reason…she will but the addiction off by an unstoppable force of catastrophic climate change. Humans have held the reins on the planet for their time…and now…a change is upon us, far greater than any but a few can imagine.

  4. Anonymous says:

    If Gates point has some validity then the design solutions for the technology will have to make the changes easier.
    Whilst this nay seem utopian in Austrlaia several programs have shown people reducing their carbon footprint including gygling instead of driving.
    Besides saving money and feeling fitter the participants have expressed satisfaction that they are taking action to reduce their impacts.
    Itis yet to be seen if it is possible for the vast majority of the developed world to live with a carbon footprint like the less developed and accepts that as comfortable.
    This is not to say that there is any imperative to have a life of hardship and want.
    Such a life will be the future for many in the developed world if we fail to change course in time.

  5. Phillip Huggan says:

    I'm all for preserving uncosted environmental capital, but I don't know if I want to try gygling…

  6. e s says:

    I just came back to “the states” from Bermuda. The first difference I noticed – Was the huge gas-guzzling suvs! This has always been a sour topic with me- but! further exemplified when I arrived at Logan airport.
    IF- this country had a “real” leader? WE- would have a fleet of national vehicles “mini-sized/and gas efficient” that would help curb our addiction to oil, and help with climate change.
    NOT in this energy consuming country. PS- The local Bermudians hate “our?” policies.

  7. Badger South says:

    Climate Deniers = Climate Dodos
    "The Dodo (Raphus cucullatus) was a flightless bird that lived on the islands of Mauritius. Related to pigeons and doves, it stood about a meter tall (three feet), lived on fruit and nested on the ground.
    "The dodo has been extinct since the mid-to-late 17th century. It is commonly used as the archetype of an extinct species because its extinction occurred during recorded human history, and was directly attributable to human activity. The phrase “as dead as a dodo” means undoubtedly and unquestionably dead." — Wikepedia

  8. Jean-Marc Boudreau says:

    There may be a way to reverce climate change by using oil as the main source for arriving to our goals.
    In all oil producing nation, the UN with the back up of the wold contries, would form incorperated companys. These company would be specilized in the development of clean energy.To finance this , we ould invite the oil companies to invest a part of their oil revenues in these companies. By doing this, the would be oferd shares in the company, the more they invest, the more they become more involved in climate changes. The results of the work and replacment of our dependency of oil, the higher would become the value of the shares. Time could come that we would not be dependent on fossil fuels but the oil companies will thrive on the profits that would generate for many years to come. Denial of climate change is suisidal for Humanity.

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