In the Summer of 2012, I met a Shoshone Elder named Finisia Medrano. (The story of that meeting is told in “Postcard from Eastern Oregon: When Planting Food is Illegal”[link: http://www.carolynbaker.net/2012/09/16/postcard-from-eastern-oregon-when-planting-food-is-illegal-by-kollibri-terre-sonnenblume/]). She has spent decades following the routes and practices of the ancient migratory “Hoop” of the Great Basin Native Americans, harvesting and cultivating wild food seasonally. In so doing, she has safeguarded vanishing knowledge and made invaluable observations of the ecosystems in an area spanning several states. Over that time she has witnessed the undeniable effects of Climate Change.
. . . → Read More: Refugees Without Legs: How Climate Change Leaves No Room For ‘Invasive Species’, By Kollibri terre Sonnenblume
Perhaps you’ve noticed that staying on the train is a full-time job and that in doing so, there is little chance of maintaining business as usual. Sometimes the speed of the train feels painfully slow, as if one is riding on the little engine that could. At other times, one feels hurled through time and space on a bullet train. In either situation, whether consciously or unconsciously, all passengers on this train have signed up for a spiritual, as well as historical, intellectual, and physical journey, and it is no longer possible to live ordinary lives in extraordinary times.
. . . → Read More: Embarking On The Journey Of Consciousness: Staying On The Train, By Carolyn Baker
How do we live with the fact that we are destroying our world? What do we make of the loss of glaciers, the melting Arctic, island nations swamped by the sea, widening deserts, and drying farmlands? If you’re really paying attention, it’s hard to escape a sense of outrage, fear, despair. Author, deep-ecologist, and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy says: Don’t even try.
. . . → Read More: The Greatest Danger, By Joanna Macy
Some individuals have contested articles I’ve published on this site from Dr. Guy McPherson. Here is part of the irrefutable evidence on which he is basing his assertions of near-term human extinction.
. . . → Read More: Runaway Global Warming: The Non-Disclosed Extreme Arctic Methane Threat, Dr. Malcolm Light
Last week, Salon ran an article, “Thanks for killing the planet, boomers! (http://www NULL.salon NULL.com/2013/12/02/thanks_for_killing_the_planet_boomers/),” where I argued that it’s wholly unrealistic to assume humanity will undertake the massive, world-changing, economy-disrupting policy solutions needed for us to even stand a chance of long-term survival. Given that our local political and economic systems are as fragile, stalled and polarized as they’ve been in most of American history, these predictions only seem more dire, and the problem only more intractable. Which is why I’m constantly amazed by the notion that our technology will somehow save us, what I’ve come to consider the deus ex machina defense.
. . . → Read More: We Are Deluding Ourselves: The Apocalypse Is Coming–And Technology Can’t Save Us, By Tim Donovan
With catastrophic climate change we do know two things: We know that it is progressing with unimaginable speed, and we know that if it continues to do so, there will be few habitable places on earth by mid-century. Yet what else are we not being told? Does the silence matter? Will it make a difference ultimately? With Fukushima, however, we know so much less. How much radiation has already been released? How much is being released every day? How much radiated water is actually being dumped into the Pacific Ocean every day? What is the actual size of the radiation plumes that are moving eastward in the Pacific toward the West Coast of North America? Specifically how are these affecting sea life and human life? What is the relationship between environmental illnesses or the incidence of cancer and Fukushima? And the questions exacerbate and spin and swirl in our minds.
. . . → Read More: The Torture Of Not Knowing, By Carolyn Baker
By popular request, Parts 1-5 of the recent “What Collapse Feels Like Series” have been condensed and reprinted here.
. . . → Read More: The Complete Series: “What Collapse Feels Like”, Parts 1-5
Guy McPherson presents his latest compilation of climate science, DePauw University, Indiana, October, 2013
. . . → Read More: VIDEO: Guy McPherson’s Climate Change Presentation, DePauw University, Indiana, October, 2013
Seems to me that all efforts to create awareness about climate change will be useless. Any effort to make the average individual understand the problem we are facing today, will be useless. “Limits to growth” is a good example of failed efforts. The message has been there for 40 years. The required awareness, at a global scale, a necessity to handle the current situation, is something that seems to me impossible, because we are, as specie, not smart enough to handle our own power.
. . . → Read More: The Required Awareness To Handle Climate Change Is Impossible, By Godofredo Aravena