In these times of being constantly overwhelmed by the deluge of information, I'm finding it trickier than ever to discern the true motivations and intentions behind what is presented as fact, with one such topic being the "climate crisis."
Like many others, I am concerned about what I read and experience. The information, coupled with my own daily observations, seems to confirm the existence of our current climate crisis.
However, there are others who argue that there is no crisis at all. They claim that the mainstream information is incorrect; and that the data is not being presented truthfully or responsibly. According to them, human impact on our climate is insignificant and inconsequential. These individuals believe that organisations like the IPCC primarily serve as a platform for the political agendas of countries and other powerful interests.
In these times of being constantly overwhelmed by the deluge of information, I’m finding it trickier than ever to discern the true motivations and intentions behind what is presented as fact.
For someone like me who simply seeks straightforward facts, this can be extremely bewildering. If there are no concrete answers, then we should be told that as well. It seems that those in positions of authority — (aka the self-proclaimed experts who demand to be heard) — have contributed to a culture of intellectual complacency. This leaves people like me questioning whether it is still possible to form our own opinions. Whether we’re capable of researching, analysing, and critiquing the available information to draw our own conclusions.
I have been attempting to do just that for a few years now. However, it is challenging to rise above my own fears and anxieties regarding the climate crisis, especially when considering the potential implications for my children and future grandchildren. It becomes difficult to see things clearly when our perspectives are clouded by these fears and concerns.
Finding individuals willing to engage in a genuine dialogue, to discuss and debate climate issues and their potential impact on us, is nearly impossible.
Furthermore, it is a lonely journey because discussing this topic with family and friends isn’t the most popular of subjects. Finding individuals willing to engage in a genuine dialogue, to discuss and debate climate issues and their potential impact on us, is nearly impossible. Such conversations too often become triggers that end up straining relationships.
As a result, many of us tend to keep our thoughts and concerns to ourselves, traversing a solitary path. This has been my personal experience, and it hasn’t been entirely healthy.
This post is not about me coming up with any answers per se. It’s more about journaling where I’m at, at this point in time. I resonate with Ethan Marcotte when he says, let a website be a worry stone.
What I’ve been reading & watching on this topic #
I certainly don’t claim to have any answers, but I’ve learnt a lot from these books, articles, and videos. They’ve challenged me, moved me, and helped me make some sense of the current events.
- Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change — William R. Catton
- Overshoot: Where We Stand Now — Michael Dowd
- The Earth Is Telling Us We Must Rethink Our Growth Society — William E. Rees
- Scholars’ Oath to the Future — University of Cumbria
- Al Bartlett discusses population growth, climate change, energy, and consumption — Al Bartlett video interview
- Abrupt Climate Change from Arctic to Antarctic: Facts, Opinions, and Analysis — Paul Beckwith
- Faster than Forecast: the story ice tells about abrupt climate change — Jason Box
- What’s going on with the Greenland ice sheet? It’s losing ice faster than forecast and now irreversibly committed to at least 10 inches of sea level rise — Alun Hubbard
- An Inconvenient Apocalypse: Environmental Collapse, Climate Crisis, and the Fate of Humanity — Wes Jackson & Robert Jensen
- Breaking Together — a freedom-loving response to collapse — Jem Bendell
← Other writing's