How else to explain our collective response to our climate crisis? Or, perhaps mental illness is the explanation. Regardless of the why, the what is that we are creating our own doom as a species.
The vast majority of scientists in the United States and the vast majority of scientists in the world are in agreement regarding certain related facts. Among the facts is that the planet on which we live is going through a shift in climate, and the diversity of the species living on the planet is declining. There is virtually no disagreement that, at the current rate, approximately one half of all living species on planet Earth will be gone in less than 100 years. Ultimately, this threatens the existence of homo-sapiens.
Where there is disagreement is itself a source of disagreement in that the few scientists who make differing claims do so from the payroll of major corporations whose motivation is exclusively profit induced. Those 'corporate scientists' cause a stir and allow some others to make statements about 'doubt' and 'uncertainity' in the field of science. "All of the evidence is not in" they like to claim.
Any idiot should realize that a scientist who is paid by a company that profits massively from pollution will defend pollution, or find another line of empolyment. And yet, we have substantial numbers of the membership of our congressional leadership who promote the doubt and uncertainity excuses as if they themselves were on the corporate payroll -- considering the amounts they recieve from those corporations under the guise of 'campaign contributions' we can conclude that they really are on the payroll and therefore we should consider their opinion to be 'bought and paid for' in the same manner we consider the opinion of the 'corporate scientist' to be 'bought and paid for'.
That being said, those of us who choose to follow the facts as presented by the legitimate scientific community need to move forward with those facts. We humans are losing out as a result of habitat destruction, pollution, invasive species, and climate change. All of these are things which we can learn to control, at least to some degree if not completely.
The degree of our control is limited by many factors. Primarily, once things go past a certain point of development (tipping point) our actions will have less effect and we may be unable to exert some control.
But if we act before the tiipping point, we can have dramatic effect. We've gone too far already in some regards. The amount of carbon in the atmosphere, for example, means that the warming of the planet is certain... the question now, is by how many degrees will the planet warm-up.?
But, we can still control the degree of warming. It is clearly not possible to maintain the temperatures we have grown accustomed to in the 20th century (those 20th century temperatures are different from other times during which humans have lived here). Just how hot will we let things get?
Many items are completely within our control and we have the knowledge to help ourselves. What we seem to lack are the political systems that allow common sense to dictate. The corporate hold on our decision making processes precludes good judgement.
Those making 'big bucks' from our foolishness are seen as 'laughing all the way to the bank', but where will they live as things deteriorate? What will their children and grandchildren face as a result of their 'profit motif'? Can they believe that their great wealth will protect them even while the planet deteriorates?
For those of us who are the 'little guy' and see ourselves as powerless, urgent action is necessary. We need to break out of our current mode and organize for our own survival and that of our future generations. It is not too late, yet !!!
In 1998, the Washington Post published an article By Joby Warrick entitled "Mass Extinction Underway, Majority of Biologists Say". The article stated, "The rapid disappearance of species was ranked as one of the planet's gravest environmental worries, surpassing pollution, global warming and the thinning of the ozone layer, according to the survey of 400 scientists commissioned by New York's American Museum of Natural History...
This was a substantial survey of credible scientists. We continuously read of the decline of coral in the world's oceans and we seem to ignore what it means to human security. We read of the amazon forests being clear-cut but don't react in a positive way to the conclusions of those facts. We pity the fate of the polar bear without relating that fate to our own fate. We've had sufficient time to alter our course.
On Wednesday JULY 8th 2015, the British publication The Independent published and article by Rose Troup Buchanan entitled "Earth enters sixth extinction phase with many species – including our own – labelled 'the walking dead'"
The article states, "The planet is entering a new period of extinction with top scientists warning that species all over the world are “essentially the walking dead” – including our own.
The research examined historic rates of extinction for vertebrates, finding that since 1900 more than 400 vertebrates have disappeared – an extinction rate 100 times higher than in other – non-extinction – periods...
He added: "We are sawing off the limb that we are sitting on."
The research, which cites climate change, pollution and deforestation as causes for the rapid change, notes that a knock-on effect of the loss of entire ecosystems could be dire...
with many species – including our own – labelled 'the walking dead'
The report, which builds on findings published by Duke University last year, does note that averting this loss is “still possible through intensified conservation effects,” but that “window of opportunity is rapid closing.” (source)
Here's where we go all stupid, explained in an article by Reynard Loki published by AlterNet on July 9th of this year... The article is entitled "GOP Governors Line Up to Defy Obama's New Climate Rules". The article explains, "Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell's plan to derail the EPA is setting up a protracted battle between federal authority and state control.
The gubernatorial response follows Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell's campaign, launched earlier this year, to get state governors to refuse to carry out the new regulations, which are slated to be finalized this summer.
Are we simply unaware and/or unconcerned. Are we like the 'deer caught in the brightness of the headlights' unable to to act? Or, are we just plain stupid !!!