Global warming will kill people

Behind the Curve – An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

Man-made global warming is definitely, 100% a thing that is happening. That much is obvious and beyond debate (beyond reasonable debate, anyway). There are mountains of scientific evidence backing up the idea that human activity is affecting our climate in dramatic ways. Anyone who persists in denying man-made climate change in the face of that evidence is either in the pocket of the energy industry or just plain stupid.

Futurama/An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
Futurama/An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

Global warming is, in my opinion, the most important issue of our age. Which is why I find it so depressing that it has barely come up over the long and torturous course of the 2016 election. Now a lot of that has to do with the Republican nominee for President being an ugly, misogynistic Realdoll. But I’m not convinced the situation would be much different in a normal election year.

Republican politicians will not even acknowledge that there is a problem, despite the fact that a majority of their voters now believe in global warming. Even the Democrats, who at least give lip service to the problem, have only made small steps in addressing it. What’s really needed is drastic action. The window we have to implement change is getting smaller and smaller. It’s possible that the damage of global warming is already irreparable.

And yet there is no urgency in the mainstream political discourse.

It’s been clear to me for a long time that humans (or at least Americans) are incapable of dealing with such a gradual problem. Right now, many Americans are more concerned with the threat of terror attacks. Terror attacks are easy to understand. They’re big and flashy and undeniably scary, but are ultimately less dangerous to western civilization than unchecked climate change. We’re like the proverbial frog in boiling water.

Sadly, I fear that humanity will not rise up and adequately address global warming before we hit the tipping point. The sea level will rise. There will be more natural disasters (some believe we’ve already seen a spike). And a lot of people will die. A lot more will be made into refugees (almost half of the world’s population lives near the coast).

An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

There’s no real point to this article except to wallow in the hopelessness of our situation. It’s beneficial to remember that the global climate ecosystem is self-balancing. We humans have creating an imbalance, and so Earth is going to correct it and create a new equilibrium. The correction will be violent. And we may not like where the new Earth leaves us. It’s not going to wipe out humanity, but it will have a catastrophic effect on our population.

 

Coming up:

  • Book: A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway, 1929) – Monday, October 24
  • Wild Card! – Monday, October 31
  • Movie: No Country for Old Men (2007) – Monday, November 7
  • Game: Silent Hill 2 (Konami, 2001) – Monday, November 14
  • Documentary: Best of Enemies (2015) – Monday, November 21

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