Climate Emergency: It’s Not Over Until It Is Over
We are witnessing a plethora of intensifying climate warnings from usually staid, and cautious scientists [search] — including at the recent emergency Copenhagen climate science meeting [ark | moreark]. It emerges that climate change is occurring far more abruptly [ark] and in a run-away fashion than all but a few (including EI) have predicted. It is critical to realize though that despite the readily apparent urgency, climate like all science is still predictive.
It is highly likely we will witness mass migration from flooded coastal cities, huge wildfires consuming rainforests [ark] and nations, both terrible water scarcity [ark] and flooding. But it is not certain. And while these are all happening already to a lesser extent — and global ecological collapse [search] is imminent — it HAS NOT YET occurred.
We still continue to control our future, and there is always hope for transformation. So do not give up, it is not over until it is over, as long as we focus upon ecologically sufficient solutions. The point being made here is simple: while the eventual fate is clear, much remains to be told regarding just how bad a climate changed world will be, and whether there will be any human and other species' survival or not. The science is strong, but still imperfect predictions. There may be unknown negative feedbacks which positively slow warming. Or the science may otherwise be wrong in a manner that slows the coming ecological apocalypse.
Personally, it is my opinion that we should all give it our all to get a good — strong, equitable and sufficient — Copenhagen international climate agreement [ark] by mobilizing mass protest [ark], resisting false ecologically damaging solutions such as biofuels and biochar [ark], while laying the foundation for a stewardship revolution should governments fail humanity, all species and the Earth at Copenhagen.