Climate Change Nihilism

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According to Professor Guy McPherson, we have 10 years or less to live on this planet. His specific brand of doomsday-ism is couched in the theory that no other climate scientists are recognizing the complete picture – taking all the ills together, from permafrost melt to ocean acidification. While it’s odd that no other climate scientists are lining up behind that theory, this segment is less about the time argument and more about how you spend that time. McPherson suggests that because of this limited window of life we have left, we should all pursue “a life of excellence.” Stopping short of actually explaining what that means, McPherson suggests that we let go of hope, live with death in mind but also try to enjoy life as much as we can. Well, I call bullshit on this specific brand of nihilistic doomsdayerism. Fighting for a better world is not just about 70 years from now. It’s about today – and however much time we have left, regardless of climate change or whether we die tomorrow in a freak boating accident. Dissecting doomsday-ism and inspiring the fight on Act Out!

 

  • lynn
  • DHFabian

    Right now, Americans overall are like deer frozen in the headlights of an oncoming 18-wheeler. We have a relentlessly growing list of urgent crises, each taking priority over the other. The issues are all so badly knotted into a mass, further entangled with long strands of propaganda, that we don’t know where to begin.

    Climate change. The good news is that much of the world outside of the US has been making progress. Meanwhile, the US overall has been growing poorer. Since 2000, the US has shut down some 5 million manufacturing jobs. Many who lose their jobs remain in deep poverty, and obviously aren’t adding to climate change.

    Right now, we watch as the Rs work hard to build support for a war against China (via Korea, at the moment) while the Ds work hard to build support for a war against Russia. This has been working to bring Russia and China together, resolving their many years of conflict in view of the potential world threat, the US. This would end all US contribution to climate change.

  • bilerga

    Great rant – thanks for that. I first heard of Guy McPherson when some disciples of his contacted our climate action group basically urging us to see the light and give up. Talk about taking the easy way out of this problem… just say there is no way to fix it, and, presto, you’re off the hook of responsibility!! I went to his website and saw they were selling a retreat with Guy in Costa Rica. I’d rather stick a needle in my eye than spend time with this cowardly person anywhere, and I’m certainly not going to fly to Costa Rica to sooth my soul with him. Because climate change.