Today I received an email alert from a colleague titled “Inaction on Climate Change Equals Human Annihilation” (20 April 2017).
Below is an adapted version of my response to my colleague.
After years of advocating internationally through our Māori and Pacific environmental and human rights networks (especially at UN COP and other fora), my colleagues and I have repeatedly experienced appalling reaction and response to what is categorically a horrifically dire, existential threat facing humanity: everything from apathy and ignorance (much of it wilful), passive-aggressiveness, and active resistance to and suppression of the truth by decision-makers throughout society, be they politicians inside or outside of Government (whether central or local/provincial), business and industry (including domestic or transnational corporations), the mainstream media industrial complex, the scientific community (at least those who are bought and paid for by corporate or other pathological agendas – or those who are scared into remaining silent and towing the line) and even environmental and social justice NGOs (including some iwi authorities). The level of corruption and fear (lack of courage) is ubiquitous, and beyond astounding.
Yes: climate crisis means not just incalculable human suffering – but we’re in the 6th mass extinction of biodiversity on Earth, largely with anthropogenic causes (despite the natural Planetary cycles of creation/destruction – but human impacts this time around have exacerbated and compressed the time-frame of that cycle): and as indigenous peoples and so many others warn, too many humans see ourselves as separate from nature and thus aren’t making the critical connection between human survival and the imperative to salvage what’s left of our biosphere and life support systems; they’re not making the connection that the 6th mass extinction in ‘nature’ means humanity’s extinction.
As a member of Transition Towns Kaitaia, I helped organize last year’s New Zealand tour on Abrupt Climate Change by Professor Guy McPherson. Here’s a couple of links to videos of his engagements:
You can find more info on the different tipping points and abrupt climate change data on Guy’s website. But note that Guy got so frustrated with the mountain of information accumulating over the years and no-one recognizing it, that he stopped updating his site as at August 2016. I mean, if the patient already knows that an aggregate of multiple factors makes their condition terminal, what value does it add to speak of yet another damning symptom, right?
My like-minded networks and I have been doing our utmost to leverage data that’s hiding in plain sight to responsibly raise the alarm in society (as opposed to being alarmist). However, in borderline suicidal fashion, too many continue to stick their heads in the sand about it, let alone are willing or have the courage to make forceful demands for action about it.
But that’s classic human psyche reactive phenomena - and denial (followed by anger, blaming others, sadness…) is a textbook sign of peoples grief around what they quietly suspect is the truth. But we need to get beyond denial, anger and blame and get on with meaningful action to help our loved ones, our communities and society powerfully face what’s to come, to mitigate the inevitable suffering where possible. Every moment we wait for decision-making “consensus” or procrastinate looking for someone else to be the first to make a bold move, is precious time wasted. We don’t have the luxury of time like we perhaps did last century when the ability to pollute to sickening levels with impunity was par for the industrialist’s course. Windows of opportunity are progressively slamming shut on us.
What am I saying? Externalized costs of production to shocking levels is still happening with impunity (that hasn’t changed. It should have, but it hasn’t). But I digress…
Among other factors, I see blind loyalty to classical Newtonian ‘billiard ball’ scientific dogma taught in our education institutions as a large cause of this persistent and dangerous misconception that humans can control and cheat nature, and thus we believe we can figure our way out of our climate predicament. Education needs to transform to teach the ‘new’ science of quantum mechanics that (1) reveals the underlying source energy field that CONNECTS EVERYTHING, and (2) points to the vital role that consciousness plays in affecting (i.e. creating) what we believe to be molecular-based “reality” (I say ‘new’, but to scientists who’ve been working on it for decades, quantum physics isn’t new. And western science is still lagging behind ancient spiritual tradition and indigenous people's knowledge that have known of this since the beginning).
For starters, the language used to communicate information is critical. People should ditch the term climate “change”, and start normalizing language that’s more honest: e.g. “climate crisis”, or “climate emergency”. Otherwise, we’re contributing to the perpetuation of denial – because our climate isn’t just “changing”: that’s too soft and dumbed down a term for what it really is, which is an existential crisis. It’s akin to our house burning down around us, and describing that as “the temperature is changing” – which is true (!), but it’s not the WHOLE truth, right?
Secondly, I would strenuously encourage citizens to keep pushing for even more progressive climate crisis policies. What we’ve got is a start. But we need more.
Thirdly, I would heed Albert Einstein’s advice: “The Field is the sole governing agency of the particle”. He was talking of the quantum field which is the reality ‘construct’ within which all molecular-based reality exists and manifests. When applied to our human existence, and in particular to how we deal with climate crisis, one may extrapolate that to mean ‘the bigger picture’ or the ‘bigger context’ determines what happens at lower levels of any situation: e.g. in politics, in social transformation, in communities, in environmental protection campaigns – you name it (because, we live in a fractal Universe where what happens at the micro level affects what happens at the macro level; the micro reflects the macro - and the inverse is also true). So re climate crisis, we ignore the bigger picture (e.g. what’s going on at the Pacific regional or international level) at our peril. Because whatever gains Aotearoa may make re domestic climate crisis mitigation can be negatively offset or in a worst case scenario be relegated to nought by decisions made internationally.
Apologies for my extended comments: aside from exposure to traditional Māori knowledge, at least two other events shaped me in my life – (1) doing Philosophy at University (part of my Bl/B.Soc.Sci conjoint degree), and (2) spending time with quantum physicists at CERN (ref photo above) my mind was blown at that point, lol!