The Coming Tsunami of Grief

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.
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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;

Dahr Jamail | Global Fisheries Are Collapsing — What Happens When There Are No Fish Left?

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

From the excellent climate blogger  Eric Holthaus;
“There are days where I literally can’t work. I’ll read a story & shut down for rest of the day. Not much helps besides exercise & time.”

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.

Near Term Human Extinction Love

Near Term Human Extinction Support Group 

Near Term Human Extinction Evidence group

Ruppert’s Restaurant    Named after the late great Michael C Ruppert

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.
K

I'm an anti-imperialist, environmental activist and blue ocean sailor, who is passionate about the earth and all it's inhabitants without favour. Brace for imminent impact as we bare witness to the non-linear unraveling of the biosphere and habitability disappearing for most if not all complex life on the only habitable planet we know of. To quote President Niinistö in North Russia: ‘If We Lose the Arctic, We Lose the World’. Folks we have lost the Arctic.

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78 comments on “The Coming Tsunami of Grief
  1. I just watched you, Beril Sirmacek, and John Doyle on the 12/29/21 video conference (zoom?) and it really fits here. I’m surprised you haven’t posted it.

    It really fits here. And yes, John is definitely the talker/storyteller. I’m 7 years older than you and John…I was an adult teen mostly homeless living on the beach reading about the Greenhouse Effect, the Club of Rome projections, the book Population Bomb, and a ton of others. Libraries keep one sane when homeless. My brain never let me stop reading my entire life I think I’ve lived with this in my head longer than all three of you. That’s a scary thought…

    And you disappeared at 30 minutes! Glad you weren’t lost. Was a HELL of a conversation. Ten years…or less if Shakova was correct 9 years ago when she said AT ANY TIME the methane blow-out will happen.

    I would not be surprised if it happens tonight. Tomorrow. Sunday or next week. At this point it’s not about ‘expecting’ it’s about knowing there is nothing you can personally do to change this. Fuck yeah the kids are going to freak when they finally figure out all the bullshit about ‘fixing’ it by using electric cars, squiggly light bulbs, etc etc don’t mean diddly.

    Very VERY good listening to you three, hearing the tone of the voices and the back&forth between you three. I will admit that Zoom tends to make you climb on top of each other’s sentences quite a bit. I have never used it of course, don’t have a computer camera or anything so I don’t understand the tech.

    Announce the next time you all were mentioning with more participants.

    sealintheSelkirks

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    • Don Graham says:

      Stories about wildfires, drought, food and extreme weather insecurities were enough to make me feel GRIEF more intensely than when I was a Baby Killer for God, Country and the profits of Ike’s multiple complexes.

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  2. Kevin Hester says:

    My new friend and colleague Beril Sirmacek takes us through her journey;

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    • sealintheselkirks says:

      No longer available?

      sealintheSelkirks

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      • Kevin Hester says:

        Try again bro, it plays here for me

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      • sealintheselkirks says:

        Ah, there we go. Still has the unavailable notice but putting the cursor over it and copying video URL and pasting on a new window and up it popped.

        Beril on depression…and what to do with our lives. Get busy and do something… Funny that she talks about the hippies and millions of other emotions not just happiness.. Being a ponytailed weed-smoking surfer teen in the 60s Southern California I probably have a better grasp on that reality than her… But she got it right, it wasn’t just ‘flower power’ and be happy all the time, there was a hell of a lot more to it than those simplifications.
        ___

        I had a lodgepole pine crash sideways into another tree yesterday, about 30 meters+ tall, which ended up leaning at 50 degrees on the larger conifer which of course moved under the weight; snowload that was rained on the other day added way too much weight much like my roof last week. Aiming for the power lines and I had a neighbor going by called the shop phone to let me know. I walked down and holy shit the next wind or snowstorm was going to drop it as the root ball was 3/4 out of the ground. Power company emergency crew was out there last night with a very tall bucket truck chainsawing it into pieces after the guy limbed it and then tied it off to a huge Bull Pine with a come-along so it wouldn’t fall. They knew their job, no doubt about it. So I watched the entire process which was far more social than reading the horrible climate and human political mess we’re in. Been a while since I stood with people and talk socially but standing on a frozen icy road was rather conductive to conversations,,,

        I guess it’s the start of next year’s firewood supply! If somebody doesn’t come along and steal the cut pieces off my property. People do that around here.
        __

        Read last night(?) that Onslow in western Aussieland just cracked a heat record for the Southern Hemisphere of 123’F.

        https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jan/13/hottest-day-on-record-in-parts-of-western-australia-as-temperature-reaches-50c

        __

        On that note, I’m going outside not to garden as 2 feet of snowpack precludes that and it looked cold where she was in that snowcoat she had on. But instead to cut a pile of firewood rounds and move a couple wheelbarrow loads to the house that I did not get to yesterday.. Not freezing here, was 5C yesterday and the water is still dripping off the roof out the window. I need to dig more off the rest of it before the next snowfall.

        IF there is a next snowfall. Who the hell knows? With what has happened here the last two winters (even more earlier but…) I’m not sure winter is going to go on much longer. New ‘heat dome’ anyone? Somehow I don’t think this is going to be a very enjoyable year but as Beril said (and others in comments) just do something that can bring you into the here and now which is the only place we really live in anyway.

        Cutting firewood with a chainsaw one definitely needs to be here and now!

        Ta-ta

        sealintheSelkirks

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Kevin Hester

Kevin Hester is currently living on Rakino Island, a small island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand, monitoring the unravelling of the biosphere and volunteering at the Rakino Island Nursery is currently developing a proposal to create a marine reserve near by. The Island has no grid tied electricity or reticulated water.  I catch my own water from the roof and generate my electricity from the ample solar radiation on the island.

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