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WE have scientific data proving something what people have been thinking…and what climate change politics watchers, biodiversity workers, anti-deforestation activists, consumer culture critics already know…Earth is fucked.

What is worse…some people care more about the fact that used the “F”-word than the status of our planet.

Similarly, there was an empathic plea from the delegate from the Philippines recently at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The delegate addressed the Conference of the Parties (COP) dealing with climate change regarding the need to move now. Otherwise typhoons like the one that just hit there, and storms like Sandy will continue to spread.

The main goal of the conference was to extend the Kyoto Protocols. (If you don’t know, The Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations are binding obligations on industrialized countries to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.) Of course the USA has never signed even though we helped write it in 1997.

Though the 196 nations that make up the UNFCCC have pledge to keep temperature below 2°C—the warming threshold beyond which climate scientists tell us the climate becomes well and truly unhinged—former UN climate chief Yvo de Boer says that target is “out of reach.”

At the American Geophysical Union conference. Brad Werner, a researcher from UC San Diego, posed and attempted to answer the question about our planets demise by asking, “Is the earth fucked up, and did we do it?” His conclusion is that yes, “more or less,” we have.

Our modern capitalist consumer culture has prioritized profits in the here and now, and been all too willing to sweep the cost of our recklessness under the rug.

What happens is not too surprising: The economy very fast chews up the environmental resource, depletes those reservoirs, resulting in significant economic profits in the short run, but significant damage for years to come. Witness any mining operation.

When I ran around the US, there was only one place where I didn’t hear a single bird…in the towns of Miami/Globe, AZ. The ground and environment was so poisonous, birds didn’t live there. That may be a bit anecdotal, but it was my experience.

So what then is the solution? Werner suggests, “Environmental direct action, resistance taken from outside the dominant culture, as in protests, blockades and sabotage by indigenous peoples, workers, anarchists, and other activist groups.”

The problem is now.

At the COP18, the Kyoto Protocol got extended—even though the world’s biggest emitters (read USA and China) don’t want anything to do with it. Worse, there are still no scientifically meaningful commitments to reduce carbon emissions from any. NO one wants to go back. No one wants to scale down. No country wants to be totally green.

There is so much to do, and so few people willing to get it done. And it appears it might just be too late.

The struggle against climate change – and all the crises that now beset both human beings and the natural world – cannot be won by and ever widening political fight.

 

It can be won by science, kindness, and sacrifice. This is how we unfuck the world.

WE cannot continue as we have. Our current ways must be forgotten and a new way must be forged. Our new world economy must be based upon three C’s: Connectedness, cooperation, and compassion.

 

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