Wolf Posted April 22, 2010 Share Posted April 22, 2010 It's been a while since we had a topic of note here--and it's been a while since we had one with such a strong relationship to the powerful themes of the original Dune novels. I speak of course, of climate change, or what I'd like to refer to as environmental collapse, and proffer this piece from the blogosphere for a conversation starter.Ultimately, given the statistics she quotes, it's pretty clear that in addition to our population and economic activity, our environmentally-unfriendly activities have increased nearly geometrically since the first Earth Day in the 1970s--when environmentalists were already predicting eventual environmental collapse in the mid-21st century. Given that we are now in the second decade of that century, and given the impending economic booms of the so-called "Global South," I think they may have had a better point than even they originally thought. Ultimately, it's clear that nothing short of absolutely-life rearranging/revolutionary changes within the next decade will be sufficient to prevent some level of widespread environmental collapse around the globe. Literally, the lives of millions hang in the balance in a way that hasn't been seen since WWII--and I think the author is correct in repeatedly invoking that historical narrative.My only question regarding this issue is, to quote Vladimir Lenin (you're welcome, Edric): Что делать? What is to be done? Given that 20 members of a radical Islamist forum managed to shut down a South Park episode this week, it's apparent that the threat of violence is sometimes successful in compelling human behavior, but I don't think ecoterrorism is a valid or morally correct option--nor do I think the leaders of national governments and boardmembers of multinational corporations are pussies in the same way that Comedy Central might be. But given that humans are historically unwilling to make radical lifestyle changes unless it is the only obvious option--or an option they are forced to choose--I'm at a loss for good solutions to this problem. I don't think even changes from within the law will be sufficient to avert some level of catastrophe--since the law, ultimately, is a product of legislatures and therefore a product of popular will. Some might say that legal and political alternatives are sabotaged from the beginning. Anyway, enough yapping from me--some of you are smart people, I'm curious to hear what you have to say.EDIT: If you'd like a less alarming article, I'd recommend Bill Nye, but I will be the first to admit that there is almost never any substantial value coming from anything posted on CNN. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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