With catastrophic climate change we do know two things: We know that it is progressing with unimaginable speed, and we know that if it continues to do so, there will be few habitable places on earth by mid-century. Yet what else are we not being told? Does the silence matter? Will it make a difference ultimately? With Fukushima, however, we know so much less. How much radiation has already been released? How much is being released every day? How much radiated water is actually being dumped into the Pacific Ocean every day? What is the actual size of the radiation plumes that are moving eastward in the Pacific toward the West Coast of North America? Specifically how are these affecting sea life and human life? What is the relationship between environmental illnesses or the incidence of cancer and Fukushima? And the questions exacerbate and spin and swirl in our minds.
. . . → Read More: The Torture Of Not Knowing, By Carolyn Baker
The sanest response to our predicament is grief. In this video Francis Weller supports us in feeling our grief for the world and for our personal pain.
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By popular request, Parts 1-5 of the recent “What Collapse Feels Like Series” have been condensed and reprinted here.
. . . → Read More: The Complete Series: “What Collapse Feels Like”, Parts 1-5
Guy McPherson presents his latest compilation of climate science, DePauw University, Indiana, October, 2013
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Seems to me that all efforts to create awareness about climate change will be useless. Any effort to make the average individual understand the problem we are facing today, will be useless. “Limits to growth” is a good example of failed efforts. The message has been there for 40 years. The required awareness, at a global scale, a necessity to handle the current situation, is something that seems to me impossible, because we are, as specie, not smart enough to handle our own power.
. . . → Read More: The Required Awareness To Handle Climate Change Is Impossible, By Godofredo Aravena
Action is the antidote to despair even if the action is hopeless. When a medical doctor knows that somebody has cancer, it’s malpractice if they don’t tell that. So I’m doing that. I think Bill McKibben and James Hansen and a whole bunch of climate scientists are guilty of malpractice. Because they know what I know. Almost every politician in the country knows what I know. All the leaders of the big banks know what I know. And they’re lying to us.
. . . → Read More: How Do We Act In The Face Of Climate Chaos? Summary of Research, Guy McPherson
If, as Guy McPherson has said in the recent past, the only way for humanity to avoid Near-Term Extinction (NTE) is the immediate shutdown of industrial civilization, while to make matters worse – yes, matters could get worse – recently adding that if industrial civilization’s electrical grid were to suddenly go down, some 400+ nuclear plants around the world would begin to melt down. Without power, the normal shutdown procedures could not take place. Apparently, we may have broken our future, as well.
. . . → Read More: We Break It, We Buy It, Part 1, By Gary Stamper
Traits ingrained in the basic human condition may be preventing people from supporting more action against climate change.
. . . → Read More: Have You Seen A Psychologist Lately About Global Warming? By Amy Harder
Unfortunately, many of our world’s vital ecosystems are already on the brink of collapse. Despite incredible leaps in resource-use efficiency, ecological understanding, and technological know-how, our planet’s forests and sensitive habitats are being devastated far faster than they’re regenerating, arable lands are turning into deserts and soils are being mined of their critical nutrients, our oceans are being overfished and polluted with more toxins than can safely be absorbed, our freshwater aquifers and waterways are being depleted at rates several times faster than they’re being replenished, and our atmosphere is being flooded with so much carbon that our global climate is warming to extreme degrees. Moreover, the fossil fuels we rely on for transportation, agriculture, housing, manufacturing, and so much more are becoming harder and harder to find and extract, posing severe challenges to the very foundation of industrial civilization.
. . . → Read More: Denial Of Nature’s Limit Is The Problem, By Aaron G. Lehmer-Chang
In Part One of this essay, (http://www NULL.collapsingintoconsciousness NULL.com/paradigm-shifts-and-tipping-points-by-gary-stamper/) we looked at defining the terms “paradigm shift” and “tipping point” as they apply to the multiple-systems failure scenario we find ourselves in today. As we and others have pointed out for years, these failures are pandemic. They are everywhere: Education, economy, government, social systems, peak everything, and on and on the list goes. to the point where it’s difficult to find systems that are thriving. But nowhere are the failure of systems more critical, more in your face, and more threatening than Climate Change and Fukushima. Either one of these has the potential to sound the death knell of the entire human race. But before we move to the possibility of positive paradigm shifts and the tipping points needed to that might mitigate each, let’s touch on both.
. . . → Read More: Paradigm Shifts And Tipping Points, Part 2, By Gary Stamper And Michael Wolff