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
Monday, December 31, 2012
Methane contributes to accelerated warming in the Arctic
The graphic images show that methane rising from the seabeds is accelerating global temperature extremes which in turn generate extreme weather phenomena. After viewing this information, I still don't understand why we occasionally continue to get extremely cold temperatures in some areas.
To better understand the images in this article and the implications they have for the future, I recommend that you view the following 19:35m video from Envisionation in which scientists try to explain to us what is happening. I found the explanations by Dr. James Hansen and David Wasdell the most helpful. It was irritating to watch Dr Peter Wadhams of Cambridge University talk about catastrophes with a smile pasted on his face.
Under present circumstances of class rule, the only people who can change our dangerous course into runaway climate change are our masters in the One Percent. Unfortunately, they are hopelessly drugged with visions of short-term profits that can be obtained from the new areas in the arctic that are opening up for exploitation. Like any drug addicted person, this addiction causes them to deny that their habit is self-destructive, and thus to insist that we can adapt to these climate changes. Hence, it seems completely obvious to me that our only salvation lies in emancipating ourselves from the One Percent and destroying their toxic system of capitalism.