I’ve been gone a long while, though not out, just busier with three kids than I ever thought possible. Little miss three is 20 months now and I look forward to having more time to write when she’s in preschool, which is admittedly still another year and a half away. We all need things to look forward to!
But I had to write this post right now, even if it meant letting her watch nursery rhymes on YouTube for a little while as I do so. It could mark a change in the future of what I write when I can get back to it.
Have you read this article, Climate Change: When Will The Earth Be Too Hot For Humans? If not, do it now. I know you get bloggers telling you that all the time but do it.
Ok, I know you won’t until you finish this post. Let me give you some of the highlights:
“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. ”
“Indeed, absent a significant adjustment to how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth will likely become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century.”
“Most people talk as if Miami and Bangladesh still have a chance of surviving; most of the scientists I spoke with assume we’ll lose them within the century, even if we stop burning fossil fuel in the next decade.”
“But the many sober-minded scientists I interviewed over the past several months — the most credentialed and tenured in the field, few of them inclined to alarmism and many advisers to the IPCC who nevertheless criticize its conservatism — have quietly reached an apocalyptic conclusion, too: No plausible program of emissions reductions alone can prevent climate disaster.”
“By the end of the century, the World Bank has estimated, the coolest months in tropical South America, Africa, and the Pacific are likely to be warmer than the warmest months at the end of the 20th century.”
“By 2080, without dramatic reductions in emissions, southern Europe will be in permanent extreme drought, much worse than the American dust bowl ever was. The same will be true in Iraq and Syria and much of the rest of the Middle East; some of the most densely populated parts of Australia, Africa, and South America; and the breadbasket regions of China. None of these places, which today supply much of the world’s food, will be reliable sources of any.”
That’s only half way but that’s probably enough to hit things home I guess.
After reading this article, I feel like I’m re-calibrating my entire life. I’m not sure what my relationship is with feminism at the moment. It seems like it’s going to be secondary now. Sure we all knew climate change was a real thing, a real problem that needed to be solved. But as it says, climate scientists were trying not to be alarmist which means we didn’t quite realise how bad it was.
It’s like I thought I had a short in an electric socket in my kitchen and I was trying to keep an eye on it while I waited until I had the money to call an electrician. Then, while reading a book in the living room about minimalism I smelled the smoke and realised that there actually is a blazing fire in there! I’m going to have to throw the book down and stop thinking about all the clutter I need to sort and DEAL WITH THE FIRE!
Sure we’ll have to kick all the shit that’s hanging around out of the way as we get the fire extinguisher and maybe get the hell out of the house, but we really need to chill on all the logistics because while we do that we are about to burn alive!
I guess that’s because feminism was never about rape culture and body positivity to me. Those are just the details, but feminism, the fight for equality for everyone, was always a long game. It takes generations for cultural change. Look how far we have or have not come since the 70’s. We have, I don’t know, five or six more generations before we have a chance to maybe get close to true equality. And yes that’s just a guess. But this article is saying we don’t even have two generations left!
So, hold your kids close and love them as hard as you can. That doesn’t change. But C-sections? Rape culture? Democratic education? Who cares? You do you now.
And, you know, it would be great if we could all become single issue voters on climate change ok?