The Battered Earth Hits Back
In an informative, frightening, and moving interview, I spoke with Lara Hansen, chief climate change scientist with the World Wildlife Fund. From rapidly melting ice, to dying oceans, to the tipping points of climate collapse, she makes the connections.
We are facing unprecedented challenges, none of which have ever been experienced by humans. How do we cope, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, with the recognition that civilization is destroying the planetís ability to support life? The sheer enormity of the vanishing ice caps and the burning forests, the spreading deserts and the thousands of species that go extinct each year, are too much to wrap oneís mind and heart around.
The first step is to break through the denial and the numbing and to face the reality of the situation. The avoidance of the pain will surely kill us, whereas opening up to the full scope of the situation, grim as it is, is profoundly liberating.
This interview includes information about coral bleacing, the acidification of the oceans, the Arctic, abrupt climate collapse and tipping points, and much more.
Available in 2 parts:The Earth is About to Catch a Morbid Fever That May Last as Long as 100,000 Years is an article by James Lovelock, an independent scientist who is one of two people credited for the Gaia theory (of course, indigenous people the world over have always had something akin to this worldview, it just took a white scientist to come along and get it to catch on among the civilized).
The Union of Concerned Scientists have produced a report called Confronting Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region: Impacts on Our Communities and Ecosystems. It is without a doubt the most comprehensive report on how climate change will affect the Great Lakes region. They have found that "the Great Lakes region may suffer from the effects of a changing climate more than previously thought." Hmm.
The Climate Change Independent Media Center is a general news site on related issues.