Climate Disaster Down Under

Australia's climate emergencyThe enormity of Australia's climate disaster is further illustrated by the fact that Victoria's bushfires released nearly as much carbon dioxide [ark] as a year of the nation's industrial activity. Climate change caused heat and drought made already fire prone forests a death trap. It is noted this is “far, far more than we're ever going to be able to sequester from planting trees or promoting carbon capture.” Australia's bushfires [search] are but one type of carbon feedback [search] — along with the Arctic absorbing more heat when melted, permafrost melt releasing methane and North American forest die-back — that, when coupled with our inability to stop cutting and burning, ensures climate chaos and seals humanity's dire fate.
The extent to which the biosphere and atmosphere are collapsing is further demonstrated by the latest climate models which show meager efforts to date [ark] to limit greenhouse gas emissions will do little to ease climate change. Now is the time to give incentives for small families, tax carbon and consumption heavily, end coal and ancient forest logging, and prepare for a stewardship revolution. Without such dramatic and immediate transformative social change, we are fucked.

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2 Responses

  1. Patrick Troup says:

    Haha Bravo Sir!! You, Glen Barry are one of the greatest speakers of truth I have ever experienced. You inspire me equally to when I hear footage of Martin Luther King speaking, or see a movie about Ganghi.
    I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your wisdom and openness to speak of the greatest issues we face today.
    I really appreciate how you speak of the feedback loops in these systems. It is hardly talked about in the media (what media for Christ sake? [all due respect to Christ]), and is one of the most important aspects of this ecological and climate odyssey we are a part of.
    Wow, what a time to live Mr Barry, eh? Fascinating.
    You inspire me to get up out of my chair and get into my community and try to inspire change to the greatest of my ability.
    We can do it. A future of prosperity is ahead. We are the change we wish to see!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I would like to second what Patrick has said Glen. I have seen your work evolve over almost 20 years. During this time it has become deeply insightful and well targeted. Not having much money myself, all I can hope is that others will keep these profoundly important efforts operating. We need you Glen.

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