As runaway abrupt climate change and it’s brutal reality bares down on us with the speed of a tsunami, another little discussed side affect is grief. I shall try to cover it in this blog and provide some avenues for readers to seek solace and solidarity below.
Those of us who are monitoring the unraveling of the biosphere will be fully aware of this aching phenomenon already but our numbers are relatively few (sic) due to the lies and obfuscating taking place regarding the severity of the crisis, yet when the awareness of the imminent demise of our species dawns on the afflicted planets populace, all the symptoms of grief will manifest on a monumental scale!
Sadness, depression, anger, denial, resignation, pick your poison (sic), try and be gentle with yourself and those you interact with. Embrace your grief, acknowledge it, share it with those you trust. Support those of your friends, colleagues and neighbours who are suffering, it really is best shared.
In recent times renowned climate bloggers have been courageous enough to admit in public how their research has driven some of them to the edge of despair, you are not alone;
Michael Slezak writing for The Guardian Environment;
My professional detachment has finally turned to panic
“One day in his office, he reviewed a new study about the release of methane from the ocean floor and saw, more starkly than ever before, the conundrum the world faced. It wasn’t simply that they needed to consume less, to bring humanity’s impact on the biosphere under control, it was that there were just too many people, and even allowing for technological change and economic restructuring, the planet was on a collision course with disaster. In the United States and India floods covered millions of square kilometres, in Africa and Europe the heat was growing ever more intense and in Indonesia and Brazil and Malaysia the forests were burning, yet he and Ellie were trying to have a baby. What sort of world would that child inherit? Were they really doing the right thing by bringing another life into it?”
More on the much under reported methane risk here;
Arctic Methane Emergency Group
“Dr. Maria Salta, a biological oceanographer and lecturer in environmental microbiology in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Portsmouth, echoed this dire outlook on the state of the oceans.””For shrimpers, 80 percent of everything caught is bycatch and thrown back for dead. It is a mode of mass marine extinction.”
“It is clear that if we continue like this, in a few years time, there is not going to be much left,” she told Truthout, speaking about the impacts of ACD, pollution and overfishing. “We are losing species every day without ever knowing about them. Sometimes humans can be like a plague to the environment.”
The rest of Dahr Jamails’ great article is embedded below;
Another case in point Neven Curlin from the Arctic Sea Ice Blog;
“But a problem was emerging — Curlin wasn’t just tracking the change, he was feeling it too. As he wrote in 2012, shortly after the record fell:….this stunning melting season has made me even more acutely aware of the gravity of what is taking place….To be able to watch and write about the Arctic sea ice, I used to block out the realisation of risks, so that I could make a joke here and there and be scientifically reticent in my own amateur way, keeping up appearances, acting objective.But my bubble has burst. I’m already watching past the minimum. As the melting season ends, it feels as if things are only beginning. The age of consequences.”
I highly recommend this podcast courtesy of Deb Ozarko speaking with Dahr Jamail;
Passion, Courage and truth: Reporting from Ground Zero with Dahr Jamail
On our recent NZ wide speaking tour Professor Guy McPherson and I spoke to audiences in university’s and public venues and a very important aspect of the tour was addressing the emotional response to our message as the cold hard reality of what we have collectively inflicted on the biosphere sunk into our audiences psyche. They were to a large degree already aware of the severity of the crisis but often feel isolated due to the grief denying culture many of us live in.
Most of the N.Z. presentations have been embedded below by my dear friend and colleague Wolfgang Werminghausen.
Schneller als gedacht / Faster than previously thought
From Professor McPherson’s website;
“I’ve received many requests for a workshop focused on emotions rather than evidence. Such a workshop is described here . It is available in your hometown and also in Belize.”
A number of Facebook groups have been established to help people come to terms with their grief for our afflicted biosphere. For the sake of brevity I have embedded a number below in no particular order. If joining please ensure you observe the philosophy of the groups and remember we are there to support each other in any way we can.
Much respect to the diligent, hard working admins.
My dear friend and colleague Pauline Schneider is in the process of editing a documentary based on footage shot on our recent NZ speaking tour. A Facebook page has been created with a short trailer embedded here;
Only Love Remains Dancing at the Edge of Extinction
To those of my many darling friends, especially my ‘Tribe’ on Rakino Island who often ask how I am feeling, chronicling the unraveling of the biosphere, I must quote my dear friend Professor Guy McPherson; “I have a long list of people I would like to see dead, my name isn’t on it”.
“At the edge of extinction, only love remains”. Be gentle with one another, starting with yourself.
Aroha Nui. Much love, be gentle.
Professor Dr. Guy McPherson’s Abrupt Climate Change Tour NZ 2016, is scheduled for: ‘November 24 – December 7’.
To attend in person, starts at three pm on Nov 27th, 2016, at Gold Lecture Theatre, Unitec Campus, Pt. Chevalier, Auckland, NZ.
For those of you in the USA or Europe, that is nine pm EST, six pm PST Saturday, or 2 am GMT 8 Sunday.
And for those unable to attend, we have arranged a LiveStream broadcast, here:
(link will be active at time of broadcast).
Here is a countdown clock, to the Climate Change Roadshow Live Stream:
Additional information is given, at the event page at Facebook here.
Unitec Institute of Technology
139 Carrington Road, Mount Albert, Auckland 1025, New Zealand
There are a body of scientists and researchers that have been warning that we have crossed a multitude of tipping points and have slipped into runaway abrupt climate change.
Myself and Robin Westenra interviewed N.Z. climate scientist and Nobel Peace Prize winning IPCC panel member Dr Jim Salinger in November 2015 when he stated he believes we have been in abrupt climate change since 2010 at least.
The first person to bring it to my consciousness was Professor Guy McPherson, professor emeritus of the University of Arizona. McPherson has been vilified and ostracised for speaking about the imminent extinction of the human race. “Shoot the messenger”, a time honoured response from despots to un-palliative news.
As every day passes more evidence is appearing that runaway abrupt climate change is underway and McPherson’s dire predictions based on synthesizing a multitude of positive reinforcing loops is becoming more and more impossible to refute. Please note that I spent the first 2 years after learning of McPherson’s analysis trying in vain to disprove his conclusions.
” New research suggests the Earth’s climate could be more sensitive to greenhouse gases than thought, raising the spectre of an ‘apocalyptic side of bad’ temperature rise of more than 7C within a lifetime”, covered here in The Independent. This latest mainstream media article makes the point that we could have a 7C temperature rise within a generation, myself and Professor McPherson believe we are well into that window already.
Nonlinear climate sensitivity and its implications for future greenhouse warming as detailed in a paper at advances.sciencemag.org
Where would a 7C temperature rise leave planet earth?
In a well researched 2008 article in The Guardian, Oliver Tickell surmised;
On a planet 4C hotter, all we can prepare for is extinction .
The extinction of the human race will leave this planet bathing in ionising radiation from the melt-down of 450 nuclear plants and the subsequent 1200 spent fuel pool fires which will aerosol radionuclides into the atmosphere in a firestorm of heat and radiation yet to be witnessed on this planet.Perhaps our most long lasting legacy.
The below photo was taken at the crater edge at Tana, Vanuatu on one of my ocean passages.
What can we do now that we are in runaway and a climate change denier is the President elect in the second largest emitting nation on the planet? Trump has called global warming “bullshit”
Hope for the best, plan for the worst,as we face the perfect storm.
Another pressing ‘Tipping point’ will be the collapse of industrial civilisation once all faith is lost in the dire situation we find ourselves in. This event could unfold with one single climatic event like the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Shelf or the discharge of the 50 gigatonne methane burst as predicted my Dr’s Shakova and Semiletov of the University of Fairbanks Asaska. This makes everything we love and hold dear a day to day proposition.
Methane Hydrates, Extended interview with Natalia Shakova by Nick Breeze
The situation could not be more dire, I can say that without a hint of hyperbole.
Professor McPherson and I will be touring NZ speaking about this predicament. Readers world wide can follow the tour via Facebook as we will live-stream some of the Keynote Presentations from the universities where we will be speaking.
Over the years I have completed 16 ocean passages on small yachts, over half as skipper. One of the over-riding responsibilities of a captain is to keep his passengers, crew, vessel and anyone who can come into contact with it safe at all times and when disaster strikes be brutally honest with the truth, which enables everyone to prepare as best they can.
I believe we should be declaring a Global Climate Emergency, it will be one of the key aims of our forthcoming tour to pressure the political parties of NZ to face the reality of our predicament, most especially the Green Party of Aotearoa N.Z.. Valuable time is being lost in the denial of abrupt climate change.
At the edge of extinction, only love remains.
“The COP is the supreme decision-making body of the Convention. All States that are Parties to the Convention are represented at the COP, at which they review the implementation of the Convention and any other legal instruments that the COP adopts and take decisions necessary to promote the effective implementation of the Convention, including institutional and administrative arrangements.”
What has the IPCC achieved in 28yrs?
As in all global agreements there is an enormous amount of haggling between nation states that are never equal. The larger the power base, either economic, by population or obscene military power, the more influence those nations wield, often like a club or a battering ram.The COPS have evolved into a talk-fest of epic proportions that make grandiose claims to have achieved agreement on emissions reductions that are both voluntary and Guarantee that the biosphere will collapse. Even the IPCC admits that their agreements will not spare us the worst effects of climate change.
We are patently in a Global Climate Emergency yet there is not one nation with perhaps the exception of Kiribati, that is prepared to declare an EMERGENCY.
Our planet is ruled by a global capitalist ideology that is in an eternal pursuit of growth, when it is patently clear that it is impossible to have infinite growth on a finite planet.
The pursuit of that unobtainable goal has led to a level of Ecocide that now threatens all complex life on this planet.
Myself and Professor Guy McPherson, Professor Emeritus of the University of Arizona are about to commence a nation wide tour of Aotearoa New Zealand.
The purpose of the tour is to break through the cognitive dissonance that controls the narrative around abrupt climate change and to expose the extraordinary danger we are now facing as we tumble over the precipice of planetary armageddon.
I have recently had a conversation with Meteria Turei New Zealand member of Parliament and the female co-leader of the Green Party alongside James Shaw. I asked that she discuss with the party executive the merits of declaring a Global Planetary Emergency.
Whilst I like co-leader of the Green Party of Aotearoa as a person, I am dismayed at the total lack of urgency being shown by the party and their clinging to an out dated strategy and Climate Change Policy . The position that was conveyed to me by Ms Turei is that the party believes if they address the potential for collapse as I see it, people will no longer feel the need or motivation to mitigate personally. I believe that assumption is both erroneous and patronising to those of us who care and fails to understand that no matter what we do now as individuals the biosphere is in early stage runaway and can’t be stopped. Of course what we can do is take our foot off the abrupt climate change accelerator and slow down the armageddon, declaring a Climate Emergency is a first and logical strategy to force the powers that be to face our predicament.
My critique of the Green Party position is detailed Here
The ongoing failure of both the Green Party of Aotearoa and leaders world wide to accept that we have crossed a multitude of Tipping Points as detailed in Professor McPherson’s Monster Climate Change Essay ensures that our communities are left unprepared for the chaos that is about to unfold in N.Z. and is already unfolding in small Polynesian nations and parts of the Middle East, that are already becoming uninhabitable Now, not far off in the distant future.
Professor McPherson and I are about to set sail on our nationwide tour, Facebook Events have been created to allow people to share information and to stimulate the debate. Many thanks to my unarmed army of helpers whose names are to many to mention here.
People world wide can follow the tour as we will livestream the keynote events and Documentary maker Pauline Schneider the producer/ director of Going Dark a previous documentary on Professor McPherson’s work, will film the tour and produce another documentary. Come to the presentations in person, follow via livestream and be a part of the revolution to launch “The Case for Declaring a Global Climate Emergency.”
“At the edge of extinction, only love remains” GMP.
On the 10th of May 2015 myself and my dear friend Barbara Folkard had the good fortune to be able to play a small part in the rescue of a surfer off the West Coast of New Zealand.
Details of the search and rescue are embedded here
The latest excellent show on NBL on PRN.FM is embedded HERE.
This will be the last show before Professor Guy McPherson comes to Aotearoa NZ for his nationwide speaking tour beginning in three weeks.
All tour details are embedded in the Facebook Event Here;
The show covered many aspects of our unfolding climate catastrophe.
Many of the subjects covered by this blog were discussed including Global Dimming and the possibility of the psychopaths at the helm of our sinking ship opting for a nuclear winter.The almost certainty of us having a nuclear winter inflicted on us as a result of what I am calling Habitat Wars is embedded here; Nuclear Winter The insane ‘solution’ to slow down runaway abrupt climate change. I fervently hope that I am wrong about this hypothesis but with a warmongering psychopath like Hillary Clinton being the front runner for the forthcoming US election anything is possible
One of the callers, Guyo Smith made the point that we are already in early stage Runaway, a position held by the writer of this blog and Professor McPherson.
I believe complex life on this planet is now a day to day proposition with the possibility of one major climatic event being a Tipping Point in consciousness on the planet which could undermine faith in the entire economic system of industrial civilisation. In the event of the inevitable collapse of industrial civilisation we lose the dimming effect of all of our pollutants and runaway will be put on steroids, plus of course the melt down of 450 odd nuclear plants and 1200 spent fuel pool fires. Catch 22.
What we are doing to the Earth has no parallel in 66 million years
Another great show having the “Impossible Conversation” A book based on the “Impossible Conversation” is coming our soon penned by Dean Walker
“At the edge of extinction only love remains”.