Hope for the future – first real hope in centuries.
Jul 28, 2017
Serious discussion about the dangers of man-made climate change is finally taking place in public. On July 10th 2017 New York Magazine published a realistic – and thus “doomsday” – article on climate change by David Wallace-Wells. Thanks to internet and social media the article was read by millions of people resulting in informed critics taking the author to task in a constructive and not dismissive manner. I believe critics are being constructive because they share the same motive as Wallace-Wells, which is to alert the public so that realistic action is taken to prevent tragedy beyond imagination. This is music to my ears because over decades I have stated that global desertification and climate change pose greater danger than all wars ever fought. Climate change should have been placed on a war-footing, decades ago.
Wallace-Wells states his article “is the result of dozens of interviews and exchanges with climatologists and researchers in related fields and reflects hundreds of scientific papers on the subject of climate change… It is unlikely that all of these warming scenarios will be fully realized, largely because the devastation along the way will shake our complacency…It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today. And yet the swelling seas — and the cities they will drown — have so dominated the picture of global warming, and so overwhelmed our capacity for climate panic, that they have occluded our perception of other threats, many much closer at hand. Rising oceans are bad, in fact very bad; but fleeing the coastline will not be enough