In my morning listenings to CBC Radio, I usually get up-to-date with what’s happening in the world. Of course, I’m also helped by the different apps on my IPod, hooking me up to The Globe & Mail, ABC News, BBC News and National Public Radio, to name a few.
I also have a subscription to The Montreal Gazette and my Internet Homepage is Yahoo.ca. Furthermore, I watch the satirical show The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on the Internet, which is no problem because without a boss at the moment, I have all the time in the world. I wouldn’t call myself a news junkie but perhaps others would.
So with the climate change conference in Paris occurring in Paris until December 11th, there have naturally been a lot of interviews on the radio to listen to.
The one that caught my ear the other day really stuck out. In this interview, [http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/a-special-edition-of-the-current-for-november-30-2-degrees-1.3343179/we-need-to-accept-that-we-failed-on-climate-change-says-roy-scranton-1.3343290], Roy Scranton, author of Learning to Die in the Anthropocene, Reflections on the End of a Civilization, basically says that mankind has already “blown it”, it being the chance to save itself from catastrophe.
He says that even if all the countries in the world were to implement their promises and environmental goals (and how sure are we that that’s going to happen?), the Earth’s temperature will rise to over 2° Celsius, leading to global devastation.
It’s time, he says, for us to accept mankind’s death, our death, and the Earth’s death, as we know it.
“I don’t want people to curl up and lie on a couch thinking that it’s over,” he says, “But…”
But, sorry, Roy, the interview’s over, so how are we to react?
Are we to keep on fighting to improve things, now that we have some international desire to change, some motivation and some growing momentum?
I know that we started late, but 7.125 billion people (2013 figures) do take a while to mobilize, you know. Sometimes it takes years for a municipal government to get its act together, can you imagine how slow it might take with the dissimilar assortment of countries that exist today, with rampant materialism predominating in the world’s two worst polluters, China and the U.S.?
Aw, c’mon, Roy, give us a break!
Although you might be right, it might be too late. Twenty or thirty years from now (carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere for a good 100 years) we might be in much worse shape than we are now, (did I say “might”?) but the human spirit being what it is, what we don’t need now is the “acceptance” that the ball game’s over, when we’ve just begun to fight in earnest.
Because if a lot of people believe that you’re right, that we’ve lost the fight after learning about Global Warming and the effect of man on the Environment in only the last 20 years or so, which really isn’t a long time when you think of it, then people really will curl up and become passive, give up, no longer recycle or pressure their governments or businesses to clean up their act; perhaps people will start partying thinking: It’s over, let’s drink and “celebrate”, in the macabre way people do when they’ve given up hope.
Now, that won’t be very good, will it?