We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Extreme Weather: The New Normal

Click here to access article by Dahr Jamail from his blog, Dispatches.

Of course, the framing of this phenomenon of extreme weather as the "new normal" is carefully engineered by the governing class so that we are not alarmed sufficiently to demand real changes to an economic system that is hellbent to promote growth and to satisfy their addiction to profits. You will have to look far and wide to find this UN report published anywhere in mainstream media.
According to a UN report released July 5, humanity is close to breaching the sustainability of Earth, and needs a technological revolution greater and faster than the industrial revolution in order to avoid “a major planetary catastrophe”.
Instead we are fed commercials from Exxon and other oil companies that assure us that they are taking care of any environment problems caused by fossil fuels.

Oil industry analysts are making it clear that regardless of environmental disasters, Big Oil and "market realities" will have their way:
The idea that such reserves will now be deemed ‘off limits’ by legislative moratorium is about as likely as developed countries ever signing off on any serious emissions policies. Political bluster says one thing; political logic tells Congress (et al) another. Analysts should duly take note: we can expect to see offshore drilling, lots of it, and in very deep waters.

This thinking also comes in handy when looking at the Arctic, or indeed Canadian tar sands when considering whether environmental musings or market realities will hold sway.
I think that we are only beginning to see extreme weather. I think it is likely that extreme weather will accelerate over the next few decades and cause all kinds of human crises--unless, of course, we put a stop to the system that is producing this crisis.