Stumbling towards human extinction

Good people can make terrible choices, and there is no better evidence of that then the collective choices our leaders have made in ignoring the climate crisis through the present.

Yet the science is unequivocal: climate change poses an existential threat to the human race. If nothing is done, the planet may be unlivable to humans by 2100 or after.

Even as temperatures increase, the Sixth Great Extinction is well under way. A completely separate but also related ecological phenomenon, the Sixth Great Extinction is an independent threat to humanity.

The human race is stumbling to its own extinction.

What can be done? Three things:

(i) Engage with Reality. We have to look around and see that there is no one really in charge. Government, business and cultural leaders are daily ignoring the deepening and urgent double crisis of the climate breakdown and the Sixth Great Extinction.

It’s a scary thing to admit, but no one is at the wheel, so to speak.

And humanity is about to drive over a cliff.

(ii) Immediately rebel against a flawed future.  We have to do what we can to mitigate existential harm in the next 5 to 10 years. I believe there is still time, particularly in the next 5 to 10 years, to mitigate some of the damage that will happen this century.

If humanity were to immediately go carbon neutral and at least commence the process of large-scale carbon sequestration, it is possible to imagine us staying at or even under 2 degrees C by the end of the century.

2 degrees C is not a safe place to be. In fact, a temperature increase of 2 degrees C could see an increase of sea levels by 16 to 30 feet.

Still, the chances of avoiding the worst case scenarios of climate change, as well as attendant human extinction, go up quite a bit if we can marshal the energy to produce meaningful, radical, immediate change to our societies and our economies within the next 5 to 10 years.

This must take the energy of a rebellion.

(iii) Adapt and survive. What happens after 5 to 10 years? If nothing is done by that time, large scale negative social change is inevitable. Societies will not be prepared for the strains that will come with increasing temperatures, crop failures, spread of diseases, and people movements to come thereafter.

By 2030, efforts to mitigate must be joined by efforts to adapt to a rapidly changing world. There will be a lot of chaos by that time. I suspect that many countries will be openly fascist and militant, employing martial law to enforce order through a permanent ecological state of emergency.

This is the way we are headed. We have to change the future, before it is too late.