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  •  another overlooked issue (4+ / 0-)
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    is that our current definitions of "rich" and "poor" will be radically changed by species extinction, and all the other terrible faces of climate chaos.
    Financial markets will no longer be operable when droughts, pestilence, storms, etc make grain and pork belly futures unpredictable (already happening). That will force many of the "rich" out of the comfortable zone of 'my money makes my money for me'. Market crashes will be more commonplace and more severe, and recent evidence shows this is coming faster than our cautious science had predicted. Money, indeed all symbolic wealth like gold, will lose its place to bartering, simply because it is inedible. Organized violence over precious resources cannot be far behind; that is what we do when we cannot get what we want/need in a civilized manner.
    All of us, no matter where or how we live, are facing a series of events that will completely upend everything we like to think of as normal. Not just affordable bread and meat always available in the grocery store, but forced relocation, plant diseases that destroy entire harvests, storms with wind and precipitation factors beyond our building codes to withstand, the accelerating collapse of the oceanic food chain...
    The diarist is spot on with her opening; many of these climate diaries are full of comments about relocating to some soon-to-be paradise in Alaska or Canada.
    That is fantasy. There is no place to hide, and technology is not going to conjure food out of thin, CO2 laden air.
    Our hopes of a continuing civilization rest entirely on the ending of capitalism and all extractive, exploitative, and consumptive models of collective behavior.
    It is that simple. We have bled our host too much, too fast, and the backlash has begun.
    Carbon taxes, increasing fuel standards, turning off the lights; these are not even bandaids on an amputation. We will not have a smooth transition to the new order. It might have been possible thirty or maybe twenty years ago if we had truly grokked the severity of the damage we are inflicting on our own habitat, and done drastic things about it immediately. But in the interim we have passed the point where anything less than radical change from exploitation to a very downsized, locally based, sustainable worldwide culture (yes,and population) can stave off what is now inevitable.
    Our species will survive this; we survived at least one ice age, and that was before we had much beyond a rudimentary ability to communicate with language. We are incredibly adaptable. Many species, especially apex predators and those that are highly specialized, will not. Neither will our culture and society, in a recognizable way.
    That's how nature works, and since we have chosen not to act, it is now nature's turn to weed out what is nonviable in the new world we  have created. This has already begun, and it appears to be operating in a time frame of decades, not centuries.

    Stand for something, or you'll fall for anything - Malcolm X via Skindred

    by kamarvt on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 06:58:17 AM PST

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