Monday, July 17, 2017

So Your Species is Doomed

I got a great start to my vacation last week by reading an article that officially convinced me that humanity is not going to make it.

The Uninhabitable Earth

This basically lays out the seven horsemen of the climate apocalypse. All the ways in which climate change will kill us. It bases this on information gathered from standard, serious climate scientists. It also points out that scientists are generally optimistic and don't exaggerate. It also states that we are at the beginning of a mass extinction event, because this is now plain fact.

Honestly, I don't really care if the human species dies out. I know we all have the instinct to keep our species going but logically, why? What does suck is that as the climate becomes inhabitable, so many people will suffer. And it's not that we did this to ourselves, because most of us didn't. It was the rich few and their greed that doomed us. And if 97% of all life on Earth is going to die, that better include them.

Before the end of the century, long before, things are going to be thrown into chaos. That guy who predicted the downfall of the Soviet Union is still predicting the fall of the U.S. from world leader status. I'm expecting another economy crash just about any day now. Just like I've felt for years now, things aren't going to get better. They're going to get harder and harder until we're all dead. Fun stuff.

I'm saying this not to plunge you into a pit of despair, though I might have. I'm saying this because I want people to prepare. This article made me realize that I need to rethink my future, my life, and my activism. I honestly feel like going to protests against Lord Dampnut is a pointless endeavor that drains far too much of my energy. From now on, it will probably only be BLM protests and any others largely organized by people of color, and pretty much just to put my white body between them and the police. Because it's probably too late to actually change anything.

I want to redirect my efforts from seeking long term change to minimizing suffering. We need to think about how we're going to feed and house people in the coming years. Depending on where you live, you may need to consider moving, or if that's not feasible, how you'll make sure you can get enough water to survive the coming droughts.

But first, give yourself some time to come to terms with the idea that the future is likely, at the very least, not what you thought it would be. It really sucks being a Millennial or younger, facing a world of broken promises where the future that was painted for us is already dead. It's a loss, and you need to grieve it. I know I am.

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