It’s the End of the World as We Know It

In most Western cultures there is a tradition of saying “Happy New Year” as one year draws to a close and another beckons. As we stumble relentlessly into another anthropogenically warmed January, in a time of abrupt climate change, there will never be another “Happy New Year” for the biosphere or any of the awake sapiens or other earthlings.
“One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds.” Aldo Leopold.
“Because of social taboos, despair at the state of our world and fear for our future are rarely acknowledged. The suppression of despair, like that of any deep recurring response, contributes to the numbing of the psyche. Expressions of anguish or outrage are muted, deadened as if a nerve had been cut. This refusal to feel impoverishes our emotional and sensory life. Flowers are dimmer and less fragrant, our loves less ecstatic. We create diversions for ourselves as individuals and as nations, in the fights we pick, the aims we pursue, and the stuff we buy.” The Greatest Danger; Joanna Macy
Anyone paying attention can see that both the biosphere and the global economy are teetering on the brink as the early stages of collapse are unfolding. Many of us nursing our ecological wounds wouldn’t normally lament the collapse of industrial civilisation but understanding the implications of the loss of “Global Dimming” and the attendant 1 to 1.5C temperature spike from masked warming and then the melt down of the worlds 450 nuclear power stations and their 1300 spent fuel pool fires makes the prospect of the collapse of the capitalist cancer that is killing the living planet a terminal sentence for the biosphere. We’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t. Soon the living will envy the dead.
On December 28th on this blog I published an article titled “This Civilisation is Finished. Rupert Reid, Paul Ehrlich and Jem Bendell. 

Embedded are You Tube presentations from Rupert Reid and Paul Ehrlich and Jem Bendell’s seminal paper all predicting that relatively soon we will see the collapse of industrial civilisation. Paul Ehrlich’s interview in The Guardian begins “shattering collapse of civilisation is a “near certainty” in the next few decades due to humanity’s continuing destruction of the natural world that sustains all life on Earth, according to biologist Prof Paul Ehrlich.”
I believe Paul Ehrlich, who I interviewed previously on my and Professor Guy McPhersons radio show Nature Bats Last is being overly cautious after being heavily attacked over some of his predictions in his 1968 book “The Population Bomb”not coming to pass.
What Paul and Anne Ehrlich couldn’t have known in 1968 was the ‘Green Revolution’ fueled by our crack like addiction to fossil fuels would allow the already balooning of the human population to escalate dramatically. This aspect of overshoot has compromised the natural world enormously.
In his seminal book “The Collapse of Complex Societies” Joseph Tainter points out that the more complex a society becomes the more vulnerable to collapse it is. There has never been a civilisation in history remotely as complex as this one. There in lies the mortal danger we face as the lunatics juggling the global economy create ever more debt out of no where and continue to juggle ‘Chickens and Chainsaws’

In 2008 the global economy teetered on the brink of collapse due to unsupportable mountains of debt, Lehman Brothers bank collapsed and threatened to bring down the entire global economic system and the ‘solution’ the gangsters came up with was more debt. The global economy has all the hall marks of a classic ponzi scheme.
Desperate times call for desperate people to literally try anything to avoid the worst scenarios unfolding. When faced with the economic collapse of an empire one of the ‘go to’ options is war.

António Guterres, the United Nations secretary general, told global leaders this week that “The world has less than two years to avoid “runaway climate change.” WTF does anyone think can or will be done in 2019 to avoid runaway climate change when we are already in it? I note that the UN said in 1989 that we had 10 years to avoid dangerous climate change. How can we have 1 year left 30 years after having only 10?
We are being lied to at the edge of extinction, why would we be surprised?
Right on Christmas 2018 the US “Plunge Protection Team” was mobilised to discuss financial markets amid a rout on Wall Street. What can we expect them to come up with between canapes, champagne, cocaine and hookers and in Donald Trumps case cheeseburgers?

All we can be certain about is that we teeter on the brink of a collapse that can and will mark the extinction of most if not all complex life on this fragile planet.
I was in Berlin one week before the Berlin Wall came down which triggered the collapse of the East German state and shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union. There was not one hint of the coming collapse on the streets of East or West Berlin yet a week later the game was effectively over for the Eastern Block of nations. This collapse being much wider spread will be infinitely faster and terminal, not just for nation states but for the entire biosphere.
Wishing you all the best for the coming new year with some gallows humour from the brilliant Katie Goodman and her sisters;

12321126_10207967211436150_3989209679528973516_n

Activist, sailor, 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.

Tagged with: ,
Posted in Abrupt Climate Change, Collapse, Jem Bendell, Near Term Human Extinction--NTHE, Professor Guy McPherson, Professor Paul Ehrlich
11 comments on “It’s the End of the World as We Know It
  1. Robert Schick, rogue composer says:

    Emily Bronte: “I burned too bright for this world.” Thank you Kevin. rc

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Kevin Lister says:

    Thanks for posting the collapse of complex societies. An excellent presentation.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Alex Smith says:

    Keep in mind Stuart Scott’s interview with Jem Bendell, broadcast on Radio Ecoshock here:
    [audio src="https://www.ecoshock.net/downloads/ES_Bendell_LoFi.mp3" /]

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Kevin Hester says:

    In this episode of Radio Ecoshock Professor Jem Bendell discusses his paper “The Study on Collapse they thought you should not read;”. Jem’s segment begins at the 21 minute mark;
    [audio src="https://www.ecoshock.net/downloads/ES_181212_Show.mp3" /]

    Like

  5. Doug Snedden says:

    Kevin,

    Question: In all the peer-reviewed (refereed and scholarly) journals with tens of thousands of published scientific articles written and reviewed by experts and accompanied by an endless stream of references and citations, how many of these articles (specifically) have actually provided a solution or made a recommendation to deal with abrupt climate change on a planetary scale?

    Question: If there is no abrupt climate change planetary solution and there is only mitigation, what ten scientific papers would you recommend or list as the most useful in reducing the severity, seriousness, or painfulness of climate change and what is clearly unfolding around the world today?

    Respectfully,

    Doug

    Liked by 1 person

    • Kevin Hester says:

      The answer to Q1 is zero
      The answer to Q2 is the Jem Bendell paper “Dialogue on Deep Adaptation”.
      Ruppert Reid has mentioned that there is no real adaption for collapse of this society. If there are starving children at your door which ones will you feed?
      https://jembendell.wordpress.com/2018/07/26/the-study-on-collapse-they-thought-you-should-not-read-yet/?fbclid=IwAR1C1se1IQSpmW-pERugMOJJIFFo8LtuIgc78L6Vgq9irHLTKCYWf73hQ0o

      Like

      • seal says:

        Hello Kevin. We are in a heavy influenza outbreak up here. Been pretty sick since before NY’s Eve, 102-103’F fever etc etc. Lost 15 pounds in ten days. And it killed a friend of mine last Friday… Since I’ve been offline for near two weeks I thought I’d have a chance to catch up a little of what you’ve posted.

        And what do I find? Never any good news, eh?

        Funny how people keep asking this question (Q1) but I mainly think it is because they just do not like any answer that doesn’t leave them with a warm fuzzy feeling after reading. There has just GOT to be an answer, a way around the giant cliff yawning open at our feet, because….well just because. Is it a combination of religious insanity and a totally delusional society that continues to promote this in order to perpetuate the wealthy elite’s control just a little longer, for just a few more billions in profit, a few more layers of ‘buffer’ between their precious valuable bodies and the road kill of the rest of the planet as it grinds itself into toxic soup?

        And they think they, the ‘Elite Wealthy,’ will actually survive this. Magical thinking in my view but then I was never indoctrinated into that viewpoint as a child…which may be a good thing or a horrible curse depending on how one looks at it!

        As for your ‘will be 10 times worse than we can imagine’ statement, I am sure you are radically understating the explosion of violent insanity a gibbering, seething, hideous planet-covering mass of starving wild-eyed primates are capable of. And that’s if they’ve only got sticks and rocks to hit with. Which starving kids do you not feed at your door? Interesting question but one that will be answered by the stewpot I’m afraid and that’s before the mad fools in control of the weapons technology get going. We have never been a stabile species, ever, and every single one of the 22 Major Civilizations on this planet that have crashed all had evidence the cannibals were the last ones alive. And I’m sure there will be religious ‘who lives’ justifications for who gets cooked this time, too. Nothing new to see here, just a repeat of history we don’t pay attention to. Bad doesn’t begin to cover the concept. We cannot mentally imagine that…deep into the dark.

        By the way, I’m in Chpt. 15 of Daniel Ellsberg’s ‘Confessions’ book (before I got sick). It is so laced with terminal insanity among all of the ‘highest levels of government’ that to expect any reaction even remotely sane has got to be some kind of amazing magical thinking, too.

        Best

        sealintheSelkirks

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

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.

My Submission to the Ministry of the Environment
Kevin Hester, Dropping Anchor in an Exponential World
Follow Kevin Hester on WordPress.com
Blog Stats
  • 189,009 hits
Tags
2C 4C 5C 6th Great extinction 16 Ocean Passages Abrupt Climate Change Acidification of Oceans Alaska North Slope Alberta AMEG Anecdotes of Neil Finn and My Life "Colliding" Anthropogenic Climate Disruption-ACD Anthropogenic Emissions Anti-Nuclear Appearances Arctic Methane Emergency Group Arctic News Blog Assassination Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation-AMOC Atmospheric CO2 Australian Greens Bill McKibben Bleaching Event Brush Fire Canada Catastrophe Cenozoic Era China Chris Hani Chris Mooney Climate-Exodus Climate Change Research Centre CO2 Warming Coral Reefs Coral Sea Cory Morningstar CounterPunch Cruise Industry Dahr Jamail Deep Green Resistance Donald Trump Dr. Guy McPherson Dr. James E Hansen Dr. Mike Joy Draught Dr Natalia Shakova East Timor Ecocide El Nino Endangered Dolphins Eric Draitser Extinction Radio Feedback loops First Blue-Ocean Event in Arctic Forestry Fort McMurray Fukushima Daiichi Gaia Gene Gibson Geneva Conventions George Perkins Marsh Going Dark Great Barrier Reef Green Movement Guests Gulf Steam Gulf Stream System Habitat Habitat Wars Harold H. Hensel Heatwave Mass Casualties Imperialism India Interviews Invitations IPCC IRA Ireland Irish Freedom Movement Isis Jack Williams Jason Box Jennifer Hynes Joanna Macy John McMurtry John Pilger John Schramski Karl Marx Katharine Hayhoe Katie Goodman Kevin's New Webpage Kevin Trenberth Larissa Waters Limits to Growth Livestream Malcolm Light Mangroves Mark Eakin Mass Marine Death Max Wilbert Mean Air Tempature Michael C. Ruppert Michael E Mann Mid-East Middle East Mike Sliwa Monarch Butterflies Most Abnormally Warm Month Recorded. Nafeez Ahmed Naomi Klein Nature Bats Last Nelson Mandela New Webpage New Zealand North Africa November Speaking Tour with Guy McPherson Novosibirsk Reservoir Nuclear Nuclear War Overdevelopment-Overpopulation-Overshoot P.M. Kohn Key-Eco Terrorist Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum--PETM Patsy O'Hara Paul Beckwith Paul Craig Roberts Pauline Panagiotou Schneider Paul Street Perfect Storm permafrost Peter Sinclair Phytoplankton PM John Key Podcast Pollution PRN Professor Paul Beckwith Prof Guy McPhersons Abrupt Climate Change Tour NZ 2016 Psychopathic Records of Air Tempatures Relief Analysis Richar Vivers RobertScribbler Robin Westenra Runaway Abrupt Climate Change Runaway Global Warming Russia Sam Carana SeeMoreRocks Blog Siberia-Yamal-Taimyr Sinn Fein South African Communist Party South Florida Corals Storms of Our Grandchildren-James E Hansen Subsea Methane Sustainability Syria Syrian Conflict Temperature Anomalies TEPCO The Collapse of Industrial Civilisation The Pain You Feel Thom Hartmann Tipping Points Tour NZ 2016 Transport Truthout Umkhonto we Sizwe United Nations Updates US Presidential Elections War Crimes Warmest February on Record Warmest Russian Winter Warnings Water Vapor Weather Channel wet-bulb temperature World War
Social
%d bloggers like this: