I’ll be reposting this several times over the next few days (sorry not sorry) to cast as wide a net as possible.
Since I’ll be regularly writing about climate change, and associated issues, I thought I’d see what you all are interested in knowing more about.
I plan on writing about climate change, the environment in general, capitalism, macro-economics, climate justice, corporations, exploitation, pretty much everything in that realm. So, if you have any questions, thoughts, theories, or curiosities relating to any of those things, lemme know! If it’s something I feel confident addressing I will, otherwise I’ll learn about it and come back to it at a later time.
My hope is that I’ll learn more about these issues and better my communication skills around them, but also I’ll hopefully be able to illuminate aspects of these problems for you all in new and interesting ways.
Mostly, I don’t want my daily contributions to become masturbatory with me marveling at the results. The more interaction, the more back and forth, the more engagement the better so don’t be shy! I will be happy to discuss ANYTHING in this realm no matter how esoteric or seemingly rudimentary or even just recommend sources for information.
If this all sounds nighmarishly dull and self indulgent, the tag to block is “daily climate practice”
Love them and she’s the nicest person irl
(Source: Flickr / lanewayfest)
I still have no idea what to call climate change. Climate change is redundant and mild sounding but anthropogenic erratic climate disruption is wonky and too verbose.
Let’s just call it Impending Global Heat Death
Some useful/informative climate-centric blogs run by actual researchers and scientists
Watched Vol 1 of Nymphomaniac last night and I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the effect movies can have. It’s the last film in Lars Von Trier’s Depression Trilogy and while he’s said some cringe worthy things, he is a remarkable film maker. I’m tempted to go into movie-monologue mode so I’ll just leave it at: It’s absolutely worth 2 hours of your time and it’s on Amazon and On Demand right now
when i heard this album i told caroline it sounded like future past elf music and she said it would be cleverer to just say ‘future pastoral’
which i think is the name of the genre where elves make electronic music
There was a Stephen Pastis book event at a local bookstore that I just happened to visit as it was about to happen so I stuck around. I had no idea who this guy was other than that he wrote a kids book called Timmy Failure: Look What You’ve Done that made me and my girlfriend laugh as we walked by a few days before.
ANYWAY he apparently also does this comic called Pearls Before Swine and let me tell you, his fans are the best at being the worst. He was just kinda boring which is fine but LITERALLY half a dozen times some $2 haircut wearing dark green cargo pants would comment on how “Heh heh, he’s not a very kid friendly author, it’s so weird seeing him like this” and then proceed to explain how they relate to, and love, his character Rat. The rat. And then laugh the laugh of a thousand comedy CD ruining laughs whenever Stephen would say anything. At all.
It was like if Gamestop had a book club.
Pearls Before Swine could be incredible but I wouldn’t know because I couldn’t focus through the cloud of body spray and endlessly giggling-in-anticipation adults crowding out children for spots in front.
The climate change organization 350.org is famously so called because it is estimated that 350 parts per million (ppm) concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is that safe upper limit before we start to experience unstable climate disruption.
Last year the Mauna Loa Observatory measured 400 ppm concentrations of atmospheric CO2. This isn’t great, but it’s livable and it’s not Armageddon. Armageddon comes at 450 ppm as that is estimated to be the magic number that will push us to 2 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial global temperature average triggering major feedback loops in the climate sensitive systems of the Earth.
tl;dr We need to keep C02 concentrations below 450 ppm. Period.
We’re not there yet, though we’ve been adding between 2-3 ppm per year for the past decade so best case scenario, if we don’t change course, we’ll be at 450 within 25 years.
This is all pretty wonky and not all together exciting information but it’s important because it’s exactly why behind closed doors there’s no reason to panic…yet. Publicly there are possibly strategic reasons to say it’s the end of the world and we only have a few minutes to turn things around, but while 25 years is very little time, it’s not so little that we should consider ourselves beyond all hope.
It’s also important because of the implications for how we think about what actions to take. There’s a romantic idea that this will lead to the collapse of civilization and after some growing pains, we’ll (humans) acclimate and learn to live happily ever after like our ancestors. We can be pretty certain that outcome is impossible. Barring some massive global cultural and societal system shock that turns everyone into a revolutionary anarchist, any sort of massive collapse in the system wouldn’t happen until after 450 ppm is reached and at that point it’s just a matter of waiting until we more or less go extinct (there is always the possibility of some technological miracle saving us beyond that point but I wouldn’t bank on it). Point is, rooting for small anarchist communities to become the new norm is like voting for the Green Party in national elections. You’re throwing your activist vote away.
The other prominent ideological trapping is that we can solve this in a beautiful orgy of consciousness where the worst of humanity is left in the dust as a new order of ethics and mindfulness comes to dominate global affairs. To be clear, my skepticism here isn’t some tacit endorsement of a broken system or resignation to a corrupt and exploitative world.
We will, assuming we’re able to act fast enough on climate change, in time achieve that world. We have to. I also know that the time frame we have to work with, the systems we have to push back on, the manpower we have at our disposal, and the physical realities of the solutions we have available will mean that at this point, there is no clean win.
If solving climate change means overthrowing every corrupt government and ending every unfair trade policy then we’ve already failed. Don’t get me wrong, it’s also true that solving climate change will necessitate some long overdue incredibly positive changes that will help to end many current systems of oppression and exploitation. But the solutions cannot all be fair anymore, that window closed. We aren’t all going to bear the weight of these changes equally and some people are going to end up shouldering burdens that no one should ever have to bear while others are going to hardly feel it. This doesn’t mean we stop advocating for fairness and equity, we can never stop fighting that fight. It does mean that the public messaging that says solving climate change is a win-win-win and that the only people to suffer from our solutions will be greedy rich people and corporations is purposefully rose-colored because the reality is too ugly and complicated for sound bites. No fight for justice or survival has ever been clean or flawless and we shouldn’t expect this to be any different.
It will be different in one way, though. Every fight for justice in the past has happened within a fundamentally unjust system where the core inequity of power and resources as made victories hard won and short lived. With this fight, however, winning will mean the corrupt foundation of our global society will have to change into something just and equitable. So while some corrupt and oppressive regimes and institutions will continue forward, their lifeline will be cut and it’ll just be a matter of time before they wither and disappear, making it night impossible for them to return again. In addressing climate change we’ll be laying the foundation for a just world that we can be proud to be a part of. It won’t be perfect but it’s a start
I’ve decided to hone my writing skills by making a climate/environment/political post on here at least once on every weekday. I’m all hopped up on caffeine so there’s a good chance today’s will be a series of a tangents wrapped up with capital letters THAT SAID the rest should be more cogent.
I’ll probably be doing these from the Tumblr app so they won’t be behind a “Read More”. I’ll be tagging these posts “daily climate practice” so you can block ‘em if ya like