This doesn't mean we should give up on carbon and methane reductions (the latter especially occurs through fracking technologies), but that we're far along in the process with huge swaths of Earth becoming uninhabitable within this century.
I agree that rather than widespread fear and fatalism over the prospects of climate change, the larger problem is that folks aren't scared enough to make this a priority.
Let's not fool ourselves and believe that we have effectively "exercised dominion" over the natural world no matter how much we have ravaged it, but consider, as Wallace-Wells says,
the possibility that we have only provoked it, engineering first in ignorance and then in denial a climate system that will now go to war with us for many centuries, perhaps until it destroys us. That is what Wallace Smith Broecker, the avuncular oceanographer who coined the term "global warming,” means when he calls the planet an “angry beast.”“The climate system is an angry beast and we are poking it with sticks.” You could also go with “war machine.” Each day we arm it more.This information should minimally find its way into state curricula. And we also need to work with and support environmental groups that are working on climate issues. We should join such advocacy organizations or even re-purpose those that we belong to to address such issues.
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We owe this to ourselves, our children, grandchildren, and the unborn generations.
July 14, 2017| 2:06 pm
Indeed, absent a significant adjustment to how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth will likely become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century.