It’s worse

For today’s Bonus Post, I have copied and pasted verbatim from a Facebook post by Marc Doll. Chances are you will have seen this before but I am signal boosting it and I would like to talk about it. Only problem is, it’s depressing as fuuuuuck unless you have deep-seated psychological issues (and it’s pretty depressing then, too).

Will throw more of my own thoughts into the comments, I think. But this pretty much speaks for itself. It’s a long read but you should be used to that by now.


*Last updated August 19*

I realize there is something I have known for some time but have never said, and, since I have just spent another 4 hours of my life in climate change academia I have to get this out of my system.

Please understand that many you reading this won’t live to an old age… and likely will start scrolling after one or 2 more paragraphs… (edit…Ok I was wrong on this point. This is now my 2nd most shared post of all time..(edit)…make that my most shared)

The IPCC report and Paris accord are incredibly overly optimistic and that commits the world to a target that means the death of hundreds of millions if not more.

But it is worse than that.

Even the commitments made by countries in the Paris accord don’t get us to a 2-degree world.

But it is worse than that.

The 2 degree target is now unattainable (unless of course the entirety of civilization does a 180 today…) and is based on geoengineering the climate of the earth as well as the sequestering of every molecule of carbon we have produced since 1987, as well as every molecule we are producing today, as well as every molecule we produce tomorrow…. with magical technologies that don’t exist, won’t exist and, even if they did would likely cause as many if not more problems than they fix.

But it is worse than that.

The 2-degree target of the IPCC does not factor in the feedback loops such as the increased absorption of heat due to a drastic reduction in the albedo (reflectivity) effect caused by the 70% loss of Arctic ice,..- the release of methane from the thawing Arctic. (there is more energy stored in the arctic methane than there is in coal in the world). This is called the methane dragon. If the process of the release of the methane, currently frozen in the soil and ocean beds of the Arctic, which may have already begun, but if it spins out of control we are looking an 8-degree rise in temperature. On an even more depressing not a recent report states that the loss of sea ice is happening 70 years faster than what was predicted just a few years ago.

But it is worse than that.

The report which gives us 12 years to get our head’s out of our arses underestimated the amount of heat stored in the world’s oceans, as we discovered in mid-January by 40%… so no, we don’t have 12 more years. And the contention that this destructive anthropogenic effect on climate is either new or natural is incorrect. A recent study of tree ring size the world over has found synchronized global droughts since about the year 1900. A phenomenon which did not exist in the 1000 previous years.

But it is worse than that

The conservative, American Meteorological Society indicates that our willful blindness and greed will have effects well beyond the climate. The world’s oceans will see a 150% increase in acidity and over a full degree Celsius in warming. This well down the path to the Permian extinction where 96% of marine species disappeared forever.

But it is worse than that.

The IPCC report ignores the effects of humans messing up the Nitrogen cycle through agricultural fertilizers and more… Don’t go down this rabbit hole if you want to sleep at night.

But it is worse than that.

Sea level rise will not be gradual. Even assuming that the billions of tons of water that is currently being dumped down to the ground level of Greenland isn’t creating a lubricant which eventually will allow the ice to free-flow into the northern oceans; it is only the friction to the islands surface that is currently holding the ice back. Then consider the same process is happening in Antarctica but is also coupled with the disappearance of the ice shelves which act as buttresses holding the glaciers from free-flowing into the southern ocean. then factor in thermal expansions; the simple fact that warmer water takes up more space and It becomes clear that we are not looking at maintaining the current 3.4mm/yr increase in sea level rise (which incidentally is terrifying when you multiply it out over decades and centuries.) We will be looking at major calving events that will result in much bigger yearly increases coupled with an exponential increase in glacial melting. We know that every increase of 100ppm of C02 increases sea level by about 100 feet. We have already baked in 130 feet of sea-level rise. It is just a question of how long it is going to take to get there… and then keep on rising.

But it is worse than that.

Insects are disappearing at 6 times the speed of larger animals and at a rate of about 2.5% of their biomass every year. These are our pollinators. These are links in our food chain. These represent the basic functioning of every terrestrial ecosystem/

But it is worse than that.

58% of the biomass of vertebrate life on earth has been lost since 1970. That is basically in my lifetime! Additionally, a new study has shown that over 1 million species are now in danger of extinction due to human activity. Millions of years of evolution are being wiped out on a daily bases.

But it is worse than that.

The amount of Carbon we add to the atmosphere is equal to a yearly a human-caused forest fire 20% bigger than the continent of Africa. Yes, that is every single year!

But it is worse than that.

Nitrogen oxide a gas 300 times more potent than CO2 according to A Harvard study is being released 12 times more intensely than was previously thought from the thawing permafrost in the Arctic. Coupled with the fact that the permafrost is thawing much faster than accounted for in the IPCC report and you can conclude…

It is worse than that.

Drought in nearly every food-producing place in the world is expected to intensify by mid-century and make them basically unusable by the end of the century… Then factor in the end of Phosphorus and the depletion of aquifers and you come to the conclusion that feeding the planet becomes impossible with industrial agriculture. Couple that with a recently released study which indicates that the lower wind speeds over the oceans and higher temperatures over land are resulting in fewer water particles in the air. The lower availability of water particles in the air has resulted in a dramatic decrease in the growth rate of natural systems.

But it is worse than that.

We can no longer save the society that we live in and many of us are going to be dead long before our life expectancy would suggest.

If your idea of hope is having some slightly modified Standard of living going forward and live to ripe old age… there is no hope. This civilization is over…

..but there is hope..

There is a way for some to come through this and have an enjoyable life on the other side. Every day we delay can be measured in human lives. There will come a day of inaction when that number includes someone you love, yourself or myself.

So we have 2 options.

Wake the fuck up. If we do we will only have to experience the end of our society as we know it aka…the inevitable economic collapse which is now unavoidable, but be able to save and rebuild something new on the other side. This would require a deep adaptation. Words like sustainability would need to be seen as toxic and our focus needs be on regeneration. Regeneration of soil, forests, grasslands, oceans, etc…. This is all possible.

Option 2 is the path we are on thinking that we can slowly adapt to change. This not only ensures we experience collapse but also condemns humanity to not just economic and social collapse but in a 4-6 or even an 8-degree world… extinction.

I am sick of pipeline discussions. I am sick of any argument that is predicated on the defeatist assumption that we will continue to burn oil at an ever-increasing rate simply because it is what we have always done. Fact is if we do we are not just fucked, we are dead. I am sick of perceived futility or the idea that “other countries pollute more than us” being used as an argument against leadership. If no one leads, no none follows and again we are not just fucked, we are dead. I am sick of people who don’t understand how their food is produced, and its effect on the climate.(both carnivores who eat feed-lot meat and vegans who eat industrially-produced-mono-cropped-veggies as they are equally guilty here. The consumption of either is devastating). I am sick of the tons of shiny new clothes people are wearing without realizing 1 Kg of cotton takes over 10 thousand Liters of water and incredible amounts of energy to produce. I am sickened by the amount of that same clothing hits the landfill in near new condition. I am sick of the argument that our oil is less poisonous than someone else’s. Firstly, no it isn’t and secondly, It doesn’t fucking matter. I am sick of people that can’t even handle the ridiculously-small, only-the-tip-of- the-iceberg-of-changes we need to accept; a carbon tax. I am sick of the fact that the political will seems only capable of focusing on the individual consumer through small measures like a carbon tax but no elected Party seems to have the fortitude to enact policies that take it to the small handful of companies that are responsible for an overwhelming amount of our current C02 production. I am sick of my own hypocrisy that allows me to still use fossil fuels for transportation. I am sick of those who use hypocrisy as an argument against action. I am sick of the Leadership of my country that argues we can have economic growth and survivable environment… we can’t. I am sickened by the normalizing of the leadership of our Southern neighbour who as the most polluting nation in the world officially ignores even the tragedy that is the Paris accord and would submarine an international Arctic accord simple because it contains the words “Climate Change”. I am sick that the next image I put up of my kids, cheese, pets or bread is going to gain immeasurably more attention than a post such as this which actually has meaning… I am sick about the fact that all the information I referenced here is easily discoverable in scientific journals through a simple google search but will be characterized by many as hyperbolic.

I am confused as to who I am more upset with. Those who have fallen for the denier propaganda, those who choose to be willfully ignorant, those who understand this issue and throw their hands up in a fit of lazy despair or those who are as cognitive as I am to the urgency of this issue yet continue living day-to-day feeling self-satisfied with their recycling, electric car, voting record or some other equally inane lifestyle modification while waiting for society to hit the tipping point so they don’t have to actually put their values into practice (which despite my recent life changes still more or less includes me). All that said…

There is a path forward.

But every day we delay the path forward includes fewer of us. Build community, build resilience, work for food security, think regeneration, plant food-producing trees, think perennial food production, turn your waste products into resources and if that isn’t possible, don’t consume it! Eat food that does not mine the soil and is locally produced, eat meat that is grass-fed in a holistic or intensively rotated (ideally holistically grazed in a silvopasture ) that is used to provide nutrients to vegetation, get to know a farmer or become one yourself. Don’t be a carnivore, herbivore or an omnivore… be a ‘greenivore’. Park your car, do not vote for anyone who either ignores climate change or says we can have our cake and eat it too, quit your job if it is fossil fuel-related (it is better than losing it… which you will), stop buying shit, stop buying expensive cars and overly large houses and then complain that local planet-saving food costs more than Costco. Stop buying things that are designed to break and be disposed-of, let go of this society slowly and by your own volition (its better than being forced to do it quickly), Rip up your lawn and plant a garden with perennial veggies, fruit bushes, fruit trees, and nut trees. Learn to compost your own poop (it is easy and doesn’t stink). Buy an apple with a blemish, Get a smaller house on a bigger lot and regenerate that land, Plant a guerrilla garden on a city road allowance. Return to the multi-generational house, Realize that growth has only been a thing in human civilization for 250 years and it is about to end and make preparations for this change. If you are perusing Wealth; Stop! Nothing on the planet is more destructive and brings upon more violence, pain, and climate destruction and, by willful ignorance, all at arms reach and without the wealth seeker’s knowledge labour or effort. Teach these lessons and this reality to your children. Buy only the necessities, Don’t buy new clothes-go to the thrift store. Don’t use single-use plastic or if you do re-purpose it, Unplug your garburator (yes Facebook spell check, that is a word) and compost everything, Relearn old forgotten skills. Don’t let yourself get away with the argument that the plane is going there anyway when you book a holiday. Understand that there is no such thing as the new normal because next year will be worse, Understand before you make the argument that we need to reduce human population … meaning the population elsewhere… that it is not overpopulation in China or India that is causing the current problem… It is us and our “western” lifestyle, Understand that those that are currently arguing against refugees and climate change are both increasing the effects of climate change and causing millions of climate refugees… which will be arriving on Canada’s doorstep because Canada, due to our size and Northern Latitude, will, on the whole, have some of the best climate refugees. Understand that every baby using disposable diapers is responsible for the equivalent of a cube van full and every woman using disposable feminine hygiene products is responsible for an equivalent amount of un-compostable incredibly high energy-intensive waste that will be here for 500 years. Also, understand that there are alternatives to both.
Understand that the densification of cities is condemning those in that density to a food-less future. Stop tolerating the middle ground on climate change. there is no middle ground on gravity, the earth is round, and we are on the verge of collapse.

(But it is worse than all that! For quite some time I continued to update the above with the most up to date science but it is now coming in too fast and too strong for me to keep up.
Instead of updating this piece I am linking the newest info here in a Compilation of Climate-related articles across my feed and updated daily:

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At last check over 50000 shares. Thank you for reading. I appreciate those who when hitting the share button take a moment to add a personal comment (I read most of them) Forging that, cut and paste what to you is the most impactful line or paragraph.

Thanks to Dr. Eric Rignot, Dr. Jennifer Francis, Dr. Jim Anderson, everyone at Berkely Earth those that put keep the FB page C02.earth and Environmental Advanced Sciences on FB up to date, the treasure trove of academic presentations on the Climate State Youtube Channel and so many other climate scientists whose work has inspired this piece. Thanks as well to the 16 yr old Gretta Thunburg who gave me the courage to take what was in my head and put it to paper and Rupert Read for the mnemonic. I encourage you to dig deep. Listen to talks where scientists are talking to scientists. They are less likely then to use the conservative filters they impose on themselves and you will get to the cutting edge.

*on a personal note, since I post about my children, I don’t accept friend requests from people I haven’t met. That said as of today, I have figured out how to enable the “follow” button on my account. I have been blown away by all the fantastic and heartfelt messages and commitments to change I have received due to this post and look forward to reading them.

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Reflection after 30 thousand shares

When you have a post translated by several individuals into languages as unexpected as Hungarian and Italian, tuned into pamphlets by people at Gretta Thunberg ‘School Strikes’, adopted into 2 Ph.D. theses, inspired 2 poems and 2 original songs you can’t help but be impressed by the reach of social media.

I spent a good amount of time reading many of the comments and shares that the post garnered and some things surprised me.

• People are crying out for coverage of this issue. As so much of our media institution’s time and energy is wasted on the insanity of the man I have refused to name online for over 3 years now South of the border or Brexit so little is directed to our basic survival on this planet. People don’t share some anonymous dude from Canada’s 8 page ,4 thousand word, a science-heavy rant from a personal Facebook page with such alacrity if the information therein was well covered by the Fourth Estate.

• It is time to stop candy coating these issues. I was originally criticized, not for being scientifically incorrect, but for turning too strongly to fear. The argument is that people do not get motivated by fear. My contention at the time, and now heavily buttressed, is that truth is not fear and when the truth is fearful, we need to face it head-on. I am now well positioned to tell you that the level of ignorance on what our scientists are telling us is beyond reason. One can only speculate as to why so little of what is know is making the front pages. Covering the effects such as the most recent devastation in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Eastern Canada, Afghanistan…is not enough.

• The Truth does inspire change. I challenge you to click on the share button and spend some time studying how people reacted to this post. For the most part, it is inspiring.

• Vocal climate change deniers are few and far between. Despite the near 2 million engagements with this post I only received 3 messages from deniers and only a dozen or so managed to muster up the incredible amounts of courage required to but an ‘angry face’ emoji to the post.

Information does lead people to profess to change how they live, vote and consume. I can’t count how many people sent me messages let me know how the post affected them to their core and professed they intention to make drastic changes. The messages were humbling and underscored how much more we as a family still have to do to live our own values.

There were other reactions that were worthy of mention. The one I found the most depressing were those that fully embraced the science, say we somehow need to basically kill off a few billion people but are making little to no change in their lives. Obviously, the few billion that needed to be removed did not include themselves…

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6 Responses to It’s worse

  1. stchucky says:

    Okay, so I have a few issues with this, as if it matters.

    Firstly, yeah, it’s depressing – because there’s so much about my lifestyle that I simply cannot change. I have to use computers, I have to go to work. I might make the painful move and cease travelling to Australia, although doing so will hurt more than I can say and will downright destroy my parents. We’re taking more steps to be energy efficient but there’s only so much I can do. What, should I throw everything in the air and become a subsistence farmer? A survivalist? Switch from an office job to welfare and hope it’s enough? I’m asking legitimately.

    Secondly, I think we all know that the impact an individual consumer can have is nominal compared to the governments and corporations – the 1% that is destroying everything out of simply unimaginable avarice. That’s true, and those things need to stop. But I can’t stop them, except by voting (hah!) and by changing my purchasing habits. Should I strike
    my tiny, tiny death-blow, my single cut among ten million (hypothetical) cuts, to Amazon by eradicating my entire writing career? That’s not happening. Sorry.

    However, individual is the only level we really have. So individual it has to be. And if that happens enough, we know on some level that the tide will turn and the big damage-doers will change. Right? We have to believe that.

    I don’t want to be one of the multitudes crushed under the wagon wheels before the machine starts to slow. I want to be one of the few who live to see the wagon turn in the right direction. I definitely want my daughters to be there. But I may have to accept that this is not possible. Which is why this is so depressing.

  2. So first I’ll respond to the article and then to you, Hatboy. “I am confused as to who I am more upset with. Those who have fallen for the denier propaganda, those who choose to be willfully ignorant, those who understand this issue and throw their hands up in a fit of lazy despair or those who are as cognitive as I am to the urgency of this issue yet continue living day-to-day feeling self-satisfied with their recycling, electric car, voting record or some other equally inane lifestyle modification while waiting for society to hit the tipping point so they don’t have to actually put their values into practice (which despite my recent life changes still more or less includes me). ”

    I think he meant to include these people in “willfully ignorant” but to my mind, the people who understand the issue and yet ACTIVELY PRETEND it is false and try to MAKE others continue to be deniers/ignorant, are absolutely the ones we should all be most upset with. These people, well…I’ll give my dark thoughts about these people in a mo’.

    He also states that people aren’t motivated by fear, but that’s absolutely false. Conservatives, in particular, are motivated by fear above nearly all else. That’s why politicians from conservative parties work SO HARD to convince their voters that there IS nothing to fear here. If conservatives believed in this as we do, we would see a LOT of action. I truly believe that. The carbon industry wants, more than anything else, nay NEEDS to keep conservatives ignorant on climate change.

    All right. So I like the initiatives in the article, and I totally do not mind the depression and doomsday. For far too long we’ve just being trying to correct, or even worse reduce/minimize the damage/impacts of the carbon industry. Correction is never going to be enough because we know less gets done than what is asked. Overcorrection is the ONLY goal that can save us, I 100% agree.

    What depresses me the most is that the rich, and many of the others in that additional category I provided at the start of my writing, are the ones who are prepared to hunker down, wait it out, and watch us die off as the Earth corrects for the problem we created. This makes it very hard for me not to plan to murder every one of those fuckers first. Yes, I’m not kidding. When I see climate deniers, in particular those in power, I do have feelings of murderous rage.

    After all, they’re killing us. Of course I can’t or won’t act on this, they also have ensured their protection anyway so that all this would do is ruin my life sooner than climate change would. Which ALSO enrages me of course. But instead we just have to pay the price they won’t, and bend over backwards in our lives to try and overcorrect for their wrongs.

    Pisses me off, though.

    I am trying to do what he says in that article, and I think I do just about as much as I can while still not sacrificing my family’s needs and our lifestyle. We have to be in this together, and I’m NOT going to gimp myself when others do jack-shit and live high on the hog. Literally.

    What I could do more of is the dietary stuff, the consumption of food etc. I definitely need to move away from the harmful carnivore side of things he called out, and I’m working on it. On other consumption I’m actually VERY good. I rarely buy any new clothes. I mean, REALLY rarely. I’d say 90% of my clothing is 5 years old, and that’s a conservative estimate.

    What I will absolutely be doing more of is the tree planting. Ethiopia inspired me, and I inspired my wife with it. We need to have initiatives to mass-plant trees, but we don’t. Barring that, I can and WILL do that individually.

    I didn’t think about it being food-bearing trees. Really good point by the author. Kill two birds with one tree.

    I guess those are my initial reactions.

    “Firstly, yeah, it’s depressing – because there’s so much about my lifestyle that I simply cannot change. I have to use computers, I have to go to work. I might make the painful move and cease travelling to Australia, although doing so will hurt more than I can say and will downright destroy my parents. We’re taking more steps to be energy efficient but there’s only so much I can do. What, should I throw everything in the air and become a subsistence farmer? A survivalist? Switch from an office job to welfare and hope it’s enough? I’m asking legitimately.”

    Do as much as you’re willing. I don’t know how much farming you can do but you do have a lot of grass around your house, right? I’d recommend meadows instead. Meadows of the hardiest fucking weeds you can find, that live as long in your cold weather as possible. And plant trees too, of course, as much as you can. Evergreens I guess? I guess you don’t have the food tree options many of us have. But that’s a big one you can do, right?

    Don’t sacrifice your life, because fuck all the people who aren’t. You mentioned solar panels. Tell your dad they’re essential, get that shit done. And compost of course, if you’re not. You all really can do that stuff, you have so much land. Dedicate your next few months to implementing every relatively-painless thing in this article. You can do far more than I can.

    Apologies if any of this is preachin’ to the choir.

    “Secondly, I think we all know that the impact an individual consumer can have is nominal compared to the governments and corporations – the 1% that is destroying everything out of simply unimaginable avarice. That’s true, and those things need to stop. But I can’t stop them, except by voting (hah!) and by changing my purchasing habits. Should I strike
    my tiny, tiny death-blow, my single cut among ten million (hypothetical) cuts, to Amazon by eradicating my entire writing career? That’s not happening. Sorry.”

    Totally agreed, as you can see in my thoughts.

    “However, individual is the only level we really have. So individual it has to be. And if that happens enough, we know on some level that the tide will turn and the big damage-doers will change. Right? We have to believe that.”

    Right. I believe the final results of this problem will start to correct as people die off. Very sad to say but true. Coastal people, the poor, homeless, those in extremely hot climes already, and then yes probably a good portion of the rest of us. But that, combined with more actions from the rest of us and yes, magical technologies I’m sure could be invented but just have not been yet (need the profit motive), I don’t think the truly worst will happen.

    HOWEVER, it is entirely possible you, or I, and our families will not make it. It is impossible to predict the danger of the future, or the danger from other humans as that future approaches. Live each day in a way that you wouldn’t regret. Your last may be sooner than you think. That I absolutely agree with.

    “I don’t want to be one of the multitudes crushed under the wagon wheels before the machine starts to slow. I want to be one of the few who live to see the wagon turn in the right direction. I definitely want my daughters to be there. But I may have to accept that this is not possible. Which is why this is so depressing.”

    Yup. I find that I’m just going to have to stop caring about this. The traditional hopes and dreams of all generations are gone. All we have is now. All we have is being good right now, and doing our best.

    OK gotta stop for now but will reply when I can to your further thoughts.

    • stchucky says:

      So first I’ll respond to the article and then to you, Hatboy. “I am confused as to who I am more upset with. Those who have fallen for the denier propaganda, those who choose to be willfully ignorant, those who understand this issue and throw their hands up in a fit of lazy despair or those who are as cognitive as I am to the urgency of this issue yet continue living day-to-day feeling self-satisfied with their recycling, electric car, voting record or some other equally inane lifestyle modification while waiting for society to hit the tipping point so they don’t have to actually put their values into practice (which despite my recent life changes still more or less includes me). ”

      I think he meant to include these people in “willfully ignorant” but to my mind, the people who understand the issue and yet ACTIVELY PRETEND it is false and try to MAKE others continue to be deniers/ignorant, are absolutely the ones we should all be most upset with. These people, well…I’ll give my dark thoughts about these people in a mo’.

      Well yeah. The people who know the world is coming apart, but are actively propping up fossil fuels and other waste producers because it will give them another 20 years of impossible wealth – they’re the enemy.

      He also states that people aren’t motivated by fear, but that’s absolutely false. Conservatives, in particular, are motivated by fear above nearly all else. That’s why politicians from conservative parties work SO HARD to convince their voters that there IS nothing to fear here. If conservatives believed in this as we do, we would see a LOT of action. I truly believe that. The carbon industry wants, more than anything else, nay NEEDS to keep conservatives ignorant on climate change.

      Seems like a weird dichotomy to me. I think the leaders, as always, are motivated by greed. And they use fear as a goad for their ignorant followers.

      What I don’t understand is that they use fear of foreigners wiping out our way of life in order to forward one agenda, but they don’t use fear of the climate literally destroying our civilisation (or for that matter bringing in masses more climate refugees to destroy our way of life) … I mean, obviously it’s easy to understand. The xenophobia feeds the leaders’ wealth by keeping public attention off them, and selling military assets. The climate change fear would only cost them in terms of energy wealth.

      What depresses me the most is that the rich, and many of the others in that additional category I provided at the start of my writing, are the ones who are prepared to hunker down, wait it out, and watch us die off as the Earth corrects for the problem we created. This makes it very hard for me not to plan to murder every one of those fuckers first. Yes, I’m not kidding. When I see climate deniers, in particular those in power, I do have feelings of murderous rage.

      Agreed. It’s also very easy to fall into the trap of “I could do this and make functionally no difference to the huge detriment of my own life, but why should I when this person could do a huge amount to save the planet and not even really feel the effect economically, but refuses to do so?”

      I’ve come down on the side of “that’s their evil to live with. I will do good.”

      Because I see a time coming when my good won’t be enough, and I’ll have to become selfish, and I don’t much like that inevitability.

      After all, they’re killing us. Of course I can’t or won’t act on this, they also have ensured their protection anyway so that all this would do is ruin my life sooner than climate change would. Which ALSO enrages me of course. But instead we just have to pay the price they won’t, and bend over backwards in our lives to try and overcorrect for their wrongs.

      Pisses me off, though.

      Oh, absolutely.

      What I could do more of is the dietary stuff, the consumption of food etc. I definitely need to move away from the harmful carnivore side of things he called out, and I’m working on it.

      Heh, same, except apparently this makes Wump very unhappy because “we never eat meat, it’s like we’re vegans”. Even though, hey, we do quite regularly still eat meat. But sooner or later we’ll probably have to stop.

      On other consumption I’m actually VERY good. I rarely buy any new clothes. I mean, REALLY rarely. I’d say 90% of my clothing is 5 years old, and that’s a conservative estimate.

      Same. The occasional T-shirt or new pair of sweat pants, because clothes fall apart.

      What I will absolutely be doing more of is the tree planting. Ethiopia inspired me, and I inspired my wife with it. We need to have initiatives to mass-plant trees, but we don’t. Barring that, I can and WILL do that individually.

      *nod*

      I want to do more of this in our garden. But larger scale too.

      I didn’t think about it being food-bearing trees. Really good point by the author. Kill two birds with one tree.

      As long as we can still get them pollinated. This year only one of our apple trees bore *three* apples. None of the new trees bore anything, but it may just be the fact that they’re young. And the old tree is old. Or a poor year. I know plenty of people who had a huge apple surplus (it’s something of an autumn tradition in Finland for people to bring bags of apples to work for people to take, because there have just been drifts of them falling. Apple pies, apple cakes, and so on). It’s not a widespread and noticeable trend yet, just a spike on the local graph.

      “Firstly, yeah, it’s depressing – because there’s so much about my lifestyle that I simply cannot change. I have to use computers, I have to go to work. I might make the painful move and cease travelling to Australia, although doing so will hurt more than I can say and will downright destroy my parents. We’re taking more steps to be energy efficient but there’s only so much I can do. What, should I throw everything in the air and become a subsistence farmer? A survivalist? Switch from an office job to welfare and hope it’s enough? I’m asking legitimately.”

      Do as much as you’re willing. I don’t know how much farming you can do but you do have a lot of grass around your house, right? I’d recommend meadows instead. Meadows of the hardiest fucking weeds you can find, that live as long in your cold weather as possible. And plant trees too, of course, as much as you can. Evergreens I guess? I guess you don’t have the food tree options many of us have. But that’s a big one you can do, right?

      Yep, we’re on this and will be doing more.

      Don’t sacrifice your life, because fuck all the people who aren’t. You mentioned solar panels. Tell your dad they’re essential, get that shit done. And compost of course, if you’re not. You all really can do that stuff, you have so much land. Dedicate your next few months to implementing every relatively-painless thing in this article. You can do far more than I can.

      Yep, all over all of this.

      Apologies if any of this is preachin’ to the choir.

      It is, but this choir likes a good preachin’. And the more often I read it and respond to it, the more it imprints on my brain as a thing I need to be actively doing instead of just a thing I talked about once. So keep at me.

      “However, individual is the only level we really have. So individual it has to be. And if that happens enough, we know on some level that the tide will turn and the big damage-doers will change. Right? We have to believe that.”

      Right. I believe the final results of this problem will start to correct as people die off. Very sad to say but true.

      Sorry to say I agree.

      Coastal people, the poor, homeless, those in extremely hot climes already, and then yes probably a good portion of the rest of us. But that, combined with more actions from the rest of us and yes, magical technologies I’m sure could be invented but just have not been yet (need the profit motive), I don’t think the truly worst will happen.

      Mrs. Hatboy is in much the same boat. She gets awfully depressed and severe anxiety from posts like this, but then her inner historian stands up and says “Yes, but literally every generation of humans in recorded history have been convinced they were living in the End Times.”

      One way or another, I think we’ll get through. Maybe the destruction will be near-total, maybe it will all just turn out to be something we go along with. But the remoter and less extreme-weather-inclined places (not to mention those higher above sea level) are going to be mobbed.

      The only benefit, and it’s a ghastly one, is that it will likely be so desperate and chaotic and resource-less, it will be easier to cope with than a war-refugee migration, let alone an organised invasion. That’s a horrible thing to contemplate but sooner or later there will be too many people for a refuge nation to support. I’m talking orders of magnitude worse than the current refugee influxes.

      HOWEVER, it is entirely possible you, or I, and our families will not make it. It is impossible to predict the danger of the future, or the danger from other humans as that future approaches. Live each day in a way that you wouldn’t regret. Your last may be sooner than you think. That I absolutely agree with.

      *nod*

      One freebie though, and it’s a win-win: we all (to whom this applies) have got to stop being fat fucks. We need to diet, slim down to something like an ideal weight, and stay there. We’ll consume less, which will slow this coming crisis. We’ll be healthier, which will help us survive better in general and in this specifically. And we’ll NEED to consume less, which will also help us survive this coming crisis.

      That’s a tough one, because I sure do like to eat.

      But yeah. We’re trying to focus on gradual systemic changes to our diet that are sustainable and don’t risk the yo-yo effect. There’s still the occasional push-back (Wump wants meat, so we’re having a little carnivore night tonight), but it’s working. I for one don’t miss meat – I’ll eat a burger made of ‘most any kind of meat-substitute out there, and like it – but some of my snacks … yeah, they’re not great carbon-footprint-wise.

      Work in progress.

      Also also, it won’t do any good but you can fucking BET I’m going to scream “I FUCKING TOLD YOU SO” in the face of every climate change denier I find, once this shit starts to really hit the fan.

      Fuckers will keep denying it even as they die. Remember that scene in Erik the Viking?

      OH LOOK, someone already made that super duper obvious comparison, that’s convenient.
  3. One freebie though, and it’s a win-win: we all (to whom this applies) have got to stop being fat fucks. We need to diet, slim down to something like an ideal weight, and stay there. We’ll consume less, which will slow this coming crisis. We’ll be healthier, which will help us survive better in general and in this specifically. And we’ll NEED to consume less, which will also help us survive this coming crisis.

    I am even more motivated to diet, and once and for all stop being a fat slob. It can only help. Do it in green ways, just eat less and more healthily, but there really is no downside here. You will EVEN feel better, I guarantee it. I’ve been there.

  4. Also also, it won’t do any good but you can fucking BET I’m going to scream “I FUCKING TOLD YOU SO” in the face of every climate change denier I find, once this shit starts to really hit the fan.

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