Every time I think we can somehow “muddle through” climate change and only be arguing about how much a carbon tax should be, I see a study like this one from the National Academy of Sciences that posits a continuation of warming, even an acceleration, that could leave Earth in a “hothouse” condition for millennia.
We are living in the Anthropocene, the new epoch in Earth’s history, when human activity is the greatest biological, ecological and even geological force. Yet our cultural knowledge still dates back to the Pleistocene, to sitting around the campfire telling stories to each other. We need to quickly figure out how to make our most meaningful stories about what it means to be human, to include how we will navigate out of this self-created mess.
The human face of climate change is often missing from stories about climate change, but it’s one we need to tell with greater emphasis to get political action. The lone house left standing on the shoreline at Mexico Beach got lots of photos in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael last week, but it was built by two wealthy people who could afford to spend twice as much (per sq.ft.) to protect it from such events.
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