Meeting and Discussion
“Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think!
An Uncertain Climate Future”
Mon, Mar 16, 1pm
Quinta Loreto Hotel
Loreto 15, Centro
By Peter Weisberg
Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs, wash your clothes in cold water, eat less meat, recycle more, and buy an electric car: We are being bombarded with instructions from climate campaigners, environmentalists, and the media about the everyday steps we all must take to tackle climate change. Unfortunately, these appeals trivialize the challenge of climate chaos and divert our attention from the huge consumption, technology, and policy changes that are needed to combat it.
Individual actions to tackle climate change, even when added together, achieve so little because cheap and reliable energy underpins selective human prosperity. The weight of the corporate extractive industries to maintain a growing profit stream is immense. Fossil fuels currently meet 81 percent of our global energy needs. And even if every promised climate policy in the 2015 Paris climate agreement is achieved by 2040, they will still deliver 74 percent of the total.
What is the likelihood of keeping all new oil, coal, and gas in the ground moving forward? What future climate chaos is already built-in to current conditions in our oceans and atmosphere? How do we convince the masses of humanity in the north that a lifestyle built around uninterrupted consumption is no longer sustainable? What is the impact of an ice-free Arctic on ocean water levels? How much will the massive release of methane below the ice and in the permafrost add to global warming? And what if we’re already too late to influence a world-wide collapse of our social order and the onset of a downward spiral toward possible human extinction?
San Miguel de Allende’s own Ronnie Cummins says that the end of the modern era is at hand. Arundhati Roy laments: “It is becoming more and more difficult to communicate the scale of the crisis even to ourselves. An accurate description runs the risk of sounding like hyperbole.”
Our fellow human beings deserve to know the truth about the magnitude of our collective crisis. Fear will be an unavoidable element in our actions. The “old guard” will not relinquish their global stranglehold willingly. But it must be taken from them by any means necessary. At the same time, we must build a collective vision and real-world enclaves of how we might and must live if we want to have a future.
This week at Occupy San Miguel, we will be showing a series of videos that highlight the voices of scientists, journalists, and others whose input has been marginalized due to their courage to speak out on topics and facts that create unease in politicians, corporations, and, frankly, in many of us as well. Some of their findings are not included in the 2018 IPCC Climate Report, because it uses a consensus model for drawing conclusions. Some of their ideas are downright scary. But their voices need to be heard if we are to face whatever is to come with our heads freed from the sand and our hearts reaching for a future for the next generations.