Since I just put up a post about climate change, I also wanted to share a link to this Instagram page. One of the hardest things about climate change, because it is so complex, is making it register in a visceral way. This page features shots from photographers all over the world that have been documenting the results of climate change. I think seeing the variety of the photographs connects in a way that no one single image can.
President Obama recently stated that the news media overstates the threat of terrorism compared to climate change. Despite some initial waffling by his press secretary, who also eventually answered the question in agreement, this statement seems like a no brainer. Here is an article on islands that are threatened because of sea level rise related to climate change:
Or check out the the predicted future for one of our country’s biggest cities:
My point is not to scare you about climate change, though I wish more people would get motivated to make the smart changes that we absolutely need to make, only to give some examples of arising problems related to climate change, as it is a serious issue. Overall, the threats we face from terrorism pale in comparison.
However, this is just another example of a mainstream media that entertains more than it informs and a human brain that is good at identifying localized or regional threats, but not large systematic ones.
The above article is a Huffington Post about how political advocacy groups connected to the Koch brothers are projected to spend nearly a billion dollars on the 2016 election. If you wonder how we can have a Senate where almost 50% of Senators believe that human behavior does not contribute to climate change, among other senseless beliefs, look no further. It is fucking troubling…
Is Keystone Backfiring on GOP Leaders?
We can only hope so! On the road this weekend, so posting will be sporadic.
Fourteen of the fifteen hottest years on record have occurred since the year 2000, yet we now have a Senate in which 49 of its members are unwilling to tie climate change to human behavior, despite overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary. If this were a movie no one would believe it, unless it was a comedy. We are a laughing stock to most of the intelligent world, yet so many of our citizens bury their heads in the sand. (This bunch was just elected and reelected.) Anyone that has young children or is thinking of having them should be weeping openly in public. If we don’t act soon, we are willingly bequeathing future generations a world that will resemble a flaming ball of shit. If I sound angry, I am. This idiocracy is the result of greed and laziness and people that can’t be bothered with anything that isn’t in their narrow little field of view. We let the 1% buy so many of our elections. We sit idly by as the rich destroy education and turn our people into a nation of retarded couch potatoes. These powerful few are making monkeys out of us and no one cares. If no one was going to procreate again, I could say we had it coming. However, people that are babies now, or those that have not been born, are innocent of these ridiculous crimes. And yes, what we are doing is a crime. We are harming other people and future generations just so we can drive big cars around town while fueling destruction and our own egos. In a democracy the many have power over the few, but in order for that to be so the many need to pay attention and actually try to figure out what is really going on. If they don’t soon it is game over…
This article from Think Progress is about how the new Congress will add 56 people that either deny climate change or question the science behind it. This is when 97% of scientists have reached agreement on this topic. This is after a year that globally is possibly the warmest year in recorded history. Did we really just elect a bunch of people that deny overwhelming scientific evidence? Is the earth flat? Does the sun revolve around the earth? Are we still in the Middle Ages? Maybe these congressional wizards can bring new light to these questions as well…
There is some good news on the climate change front this week. Apparently Pope Francis is taking this threat to our civilization seriously. He plans on making a strong statement on this issue in 2015. The article above contains a a quote by Pope Francis that also concerns this issue:
“An economic system centred on the god of money needs to plunder nature to sustain the frenetic rhythm of consumption that is inherent to it.
“The monopolising of lands, deforestation, the appropriation of water, inadequate agro-toxics are some of the evils that tear man from the land of his birth. Climate change, the loss of biodiversity and deforestation are already showing their devastating effects in the great cataclysms we witness,” he said.
What is especially great is that he really seems to get it. This issue, and one of the reasons large corporations are trying to stall us dong anything about it, is tied up with economics. The Pope also sees this issue as a moral one, which it is. I can’t help but like this guy…