I have written numerous pieces here throughout the past year on the increasingly disruptive climate we are experiencing all over the world. There are plenty of images I could display articulating this point, from grids and charts displaying statistics on the changes through the years, most especially in recent times. We can look at before and after comparisons on ice caps or even see the endless parade of floods and fires and hurricanes and tornados. These are frightening events, increasing almost daily, that it seems people see in one or two extreme ways: the apocalypse or a sham, seeking to distract the world through fear on “what’s really going on, or some other conspiratorial blather. In response to this, here:
Avoiding the rants of doomsayers, does this not look like a version of how human civilization might truly end?
There are those that write things like this off as an anomaly, and I suppose examples this extreme are not yet part of the everyday. But the fact remains that extreme weather events have been on a drastic rise, the rapidly advancing dark clouds and the sudden withdrawal of air from a densely humid sky, eventually causing the sky to literally crack open with angry-godlike bolts of lightning and the sort of thunder that causes every dog in town to shriek in horror:
So for those of you talking up the ideas about the many extinction events in earth’s past, I could say that you are telling the truth. Yes, ice ages and drastic changes in climate have been, in fact, genuine reality in the history of the planet. And yet it is impossible to dispute that our advanced civilization has sped the process up into something none of us are looking forward too:
These are just a few examples, the narrative progression one of the many ways we can get from a former paradise into the thick, murky bog we now seem trapped in. I want you to think about how much more often it has rained, how off every season seems to be, either too hot or too cold or too wet or too dry and the wind is harder and the trees are falling and power is being knocked out and we feel increasingly desperate and alone, hording our supplies, polishing our guns. We are defending ourselves again Armageddon even if we do not believe in such things.
It will not come from zombies, nor even from nuclear devastation (although that, too, could help speed the process along). Robots might make the world more dangerous, but they are still mostly under our command. It is the weather–the weather! It is that very thing we discuss with one another when we have nothing else to say. “Nice day outside, isn’t it?” or “Did you hear that storm last night?” or “Power is still out,” or “power is still out,” or “power is still out,” or tales of home owner’s insurance and just missed storms and “those poor people” and “at least it wasn’t me.” This is the earth we now live in, and regardless of whether you believe that we have contributed to it with the drastic advancement of technology over the past 200 years, much faster and far more extreme than at any other time in the planet’s history, or that some god-like entity is engineering the change out of anger, or even that the endless rotations and cycles of mother earth provide these circumstances every few million years or so (historically it has been about every 30 million years, give or take), regardless of what you think, it does not change the fact that it is happening. It is our reckoning. What do you want to do about it?