When I began writing this article, a friend of mine had recently entered hospice. While I was finishing the article, my friend died. She was not in the same town as I, but during the past month, we had been able to speak by phone several times a week. Given my friend’s decline and death and its impact on me, I was not taken aback by Daniel Drumright’s essay “The Irreconcilable Acceptance Of Near-Term Extinction,” posted last week on Guy McPherson’s Nature Bats Last (http://guymcpherson NULL.com/2013/04/the-irreconcilable-acceptance-of-near-term-extinction/) blog.
. . . → Read More: Preparing For Near-Term Extinction, By Carolyn Baker
Climate change is real, and it is human-caused. We engender climate change in different ways—overpopulation, using fossil fuels, and above all, by consuming. Before the advent of industrial civilization, humans used to consume, for the most part, what they actually needed. Today, consuming has become an addiction. In answer to McPherson’s question, “What underlies our drive to consume?” I would answer: the profound emptiness that inhabits the psyches of human beings in the modern, industrial world. Yes, many aspects of the industrial living arrangement force us to consume, but whenever those aspects are threatened by any talk of creating different living arrangements because those arrangements are creating climate change, both the politician and the ordinary citizen begin recoiling in terror. In other words, we consume voraciously because we cannot imagine another, more satisfying way of life, and we know that if we do not maintain our consumption-saturated lifestyles, we will be forced to confront our sense of emptiness and lack of meaning. . . . → Read More: The Sixth Great Extinction: Beyond Transition, The Long Emergency, And The Great Turning, By Carolyn Baker
About a decade ago I realized we were putting the finishing touches on our own extinction party, with the party probably over by 2030. During the intervening period I’ve seen nothing to sway this belief, and much evidence to reinforce it. Yet the protests, ridicule, and hate mail reach a fervent pitch when I speak or write about the potential for near-term extinction of Homo sapiens. “We’re different.” “We’re special.” “We’re too intelligent.” “We’ll find a way out. We always do.” . . . → Read More: Three Paths To Near-Term Human Extinction, By Guy McPherson
[Think the collapse of industrial civilization is nothing more than a physical phenomenon requiring only logistical preparation? This brilliant New York Times article from earlier this year argues otherwise. It is even more relevant than it was 11 months ago.--CB]
ORIGINAL ARTICLE (http://www NULL.nytimes NULL.com/2010/01/31/magazine/31ecopsych-t NULL.html)
About eight years ago, Glenn Albrecht began . . . → Read More: Is There An Ecological Unconscious? By Daniel B. Smith