547ABRUPT CLIMATE CHANGE
- Jan 17, 2007Posting From Ira Einhorn:
If I am to believe the consensus of the letters and communication
that I have received of late from those I most respect, time has run
out on us and we are doomed as a civilization.
Having led and participated in mass movements that changed the
rhythms of my society, I cannot accept defeat so easily, though data
overwhelms and that data, collected by others, is supported by my
daily experience of
ABRUPT CLIMATE CHANGE
happening before my eyes.
It is January 4, 2007 in the mountains of West Central Pennsylvania
as I write this.
January here is normally frost, snow, chilling wind and cloud covered
Yet all I have experienced since the end of summer usually in early
September has been more summer and a perpetual spring that has
brought almost no ground frost, no frost to speak of, balmy days,
blue blue sky, a six day period after Thanksgiving filled with
dandelions, flies, butterflies and bees and now in January mornings
filled with bird song, for the birds seem to be nesting and think
that spring has come.
These changes are happening much faster than the models predict as
the situation we are attempting to map is non-linear, in extreme
perturbation and probably broken as the best informed thinker, James
Lovelock, has recently declared.
Terrorism, Iraq and the other headlines are minor compared to the
threat we are facing, yet we are spending trillions ($1012) on such
flea bites and almost nothing on the impending and ever accelerating
disaster that threatens.
The failure of leadership defies description.
We need to create a planetary situation room that has a broadcast
facility with satellite and internet links that slowly gears up to
We need to get the best on the planet involved in operation energy
We need a global Manhattan Project directed toward perfecting new
clean energy sources with a practical adjunct that produces new
working models of everything that uses energy.
We need thinkers focused on ecological economics, so that we can
replace our present system manned by a blind priesthood. We need to
the only value capitalism honors, with a broad measure of personal
and ecological well-being.
The concentration on survival, if done with calmness and
determination, could provide a new focus for the present madness of
consumption that is eating the planet alive.
But, the time is very limited, for the human response to the coming
environmental destruction will be far worse than the actual
Once it gets going our civilization and our future will dissolve
before our eyes.
We built a bomb in a very short time.
Surely we can mobilize to change our energy use when the threat is
greater and the stakes are higher.
Can't we? Or are my friends correct?