Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Hothouse Earth

This article talks about tipping points and the trend toward Hothouse Earth.  So far, so good.

What I don't think most people realize is that we're not talking about tipping this kind of domino effect, but rather this kind.  We've already knocked over the first several smaller dominoes.  In order to survive, now we need to get ahead of  the fall and knock out several medium ones to create a firebreak.  Otherwise, we're already pretty much fucked.  Most people just don't see it yet.  By the time they do, it will be too late.  It already is too late to avoid massive unpleasant changes, many of which are currently here (e.g. California on fire, the debirding of the Mojave).  What we're hoping to avoid now is the threat of human extinction.  I've been squalling about this since about the time I could talk and it's done fuckall good.  At this point I'm pretty much down to defending my right to stand in the foyer-ever-after and say, "I fucking told you so."
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