Rapid Climate Change
This site documents the onslaught of global warming, including extreme weather, drought, economic cost and massive changes to the planetary ecosystem.
ADAPTATION OVER MITIGATION
Rapid Climate Change focuses on the quickly evolving global climate emergency rather than efforts to “prevent” it. The effects of the Anthropogenic climate collapse are already baked into the future. The only question is how bad it will be. In the meantime, depending on your age and location, the immediate challenge is to begin planning for a future that has already arrived.
I have mixed reactions when I see a banner that says “Stop Global Warming” simply because it is too late by half. The best we can do at this point is slow down the onslaught, but this is not going to happen through token individual efforts. What is required is a “moon shot” and we are not going to get it from the sociopaths in charge. Because they are not the people who are going to bear the brunt of this catastrophe, or at least they don’t think they will be.
about those cycles
One of the strategies deployed by Warming deniers is a variation on the fact that “the climate is always changing.” Which we know. This disingenuous ploy sounds reasonable and logical because it is undeniable. The missing reality is that the speed and scale of what is happening now is far far outside of long term climate cycles, which are well known. What is happening now to planet Earth is unprecedented over millions of years.
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE: How you don’t get news
Few people are able to absorb the true scope of the global warming emergency, to a large degree because information is deployed by a corporate news media that is focused on profit and numbers. Especially in the United States of Denial, international climate events are sparsely reported if at all. Domestic events such as wildfires, floods and tornado damage is covered for a few days because of dramatic visuals.
For these reasons and more, it is easy for most people to acknowledge climate change is “real” while not understanding that major changes are underway all around the planet without really being aware of it.
THOSE THINGS YOU SHOULD BE DOING ANYWAY
- Do you drink bottled water? There are very few scenarios in which this is anything other than laziness.
- Do you eat meat? Raising cattle for food is about as destructive as mining Can we kick this habit? Likely not.
- You could stop putting shiny blinkies on your house and giant plastic inflatables on your lawn. Tens of billions of dollars of crap made in Asian sweatshops to celebrate the birth of Jesus. But you probably won’t.
- You could stop wearing fast, disposable fashions, which ships clothing thousands of miles to be worn one time and exploits labor that is the next step up from slavery?
Hyperobject is a term coined by Timothy Morton. It refers to a real event or phenomenon so vast that it is beyond human comprehension. Because human’s are unable to conceive of the destruction of the species, the global warming hyperobject is nearly impossible to fully comprehend.