I’m going to put some links on this particular blog entry that you should not click on. Seriously. It’s about the most recent conclusions regarding climate change, and the news is so bad as to be truly gobsmacking.
You’ve got the new write-up in Nature (or just read this), the 11-degree horrorshow in the Washington Post, David Roberts’ work over on Grist, even the behavioral science papers on denial. Sure, being on this little island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean has amped up my usually-dormant lava spurts of Planet Worry, but what I really want to know is… is it possible to care?
I mean, we can’t actually do anything about it besides a bit of paltry recycling, driving a decent car, and giving half a shit. I say this as someone who has spent a lot of money on solar panels (which will pay for themselves on their 10th anniversary, next year) and have humorlessly waxed imperfect about The Environment® since 1991.
Here’s where we are: the news is terrible; the world is getting hotter faster than anyone thought. Short of a radical energy solution invented – and implemented fully – in the next ten years… well, as I said, you don’t want to read those links. Given that our government won’t do anything about it, corporations have the same rights as humans, and half the country thinks climate change is a lie, what do you do?
Blissful nihilism? Not possible with a kid.
Concerned worrywarting? Pointless.
Revolution in the streets? Unsustainable.
Just keep plugging along? I mean, sure, but is there any redemption in that? I need answers. Don’t tell me there are other things to worry about; I have room for that shit too. I just want to know how normal people are supposed to react to something that appears so bizarrely hopeless.