Two articles that reveal increasing violence as it relates to resources and climate change:
I seriously doubt that the meaning of these reports is being fully grasped. This is a topic that I’ve given a lot of consideration and planning. In my attempted discussions with other people on these points (violence and resource competition), I’ve almost never found anyone else who has really thought this through and how it effects the present and future of civilization.
Our propensity towards violence should be well understood. Perhaps science needs more evidence (which is what science does – establish evidence), but anthropologists probably don’t. Nor would a historian. Anyone who has survived the 20th or 21st century should well understand that human violence on other humans (and the rest of the natural world) is an easily provable fact, and that we are all most probably headed towards a lot more violence. But what still does not seem to be well understood or widely accepted is how violence begins and why. Both of these articles touch on these reasons.
Resource competition is a primary reason. Land, food, water, space, resources are all triggers for violence – wherever there is rising levels of human competition. In an era of climate change, extreme weather disruptions leads to helplessness and despair. A new term I’d not paid much attention to is “climate anxiety”, which “everyone is experiencing now”.
I’ve always believe that action is an antidote for despair. Do something. It’s pointless to sit around and complain, or worry about what is going on in the world. Do something about it. Get involved. It doesn’t have to be much, but it has to be more then nothing. It can be as much as you like and can handle too. Some people dedicate their lives around their activism. I’ve done this many times myself, always engaging myself 110%, which isn’t good.
Recently, I learned that my area was going to build a silicon smelter operation nearby. Research revealed that this was going to pretty much ruin the local environment, pumping out toxic poisons into the atmosphere, soil and water. The more I learned, the more concerned I got. In fact, I got both scared and angry, this was going to be a total deal killer for a lot of people here, forcing us all to move away. The only alternative would be to accept living under a toxic cloud with the daily risk (24/7) of things going dangerously wrong and then having to evacuate.
I approached my entire family and asked what they wanted to do. Moving away was considered as a likely option, giving up on everything we’ve built here and tried to do. But so was activism – doing something about this. So I began to uncover everything I could about this project, which eventually culminated in building another website and then putting up flyers and notices around, plus contacting key people in the area and letting them know about this research effort.
I did not know what the outcome of this would be. A lot of money had already been spent and the county was all for this environmentally destructive project. They had already hired contractors and outside personnel to promote the project. Even the State was supporting this, ramrodding the project through. What scared the hell out of me however is what I had uncovered about their proposal. There was no public participation or notification. There was no investigation into local impacts prior to making the decision that this operation would be built. There was just very empty promises that “proper procedures would be followed” and that there would be “no environmental harm” to any of the local residents.
However, I had already uncovered tons of evidence that they were all lying about this – and they knew it too. Not only did they not follow proper procedures as promised, they were doing everything they could to ensure that the public did not catch wind of this before it was a done deal. My website scared the shit out of them because it revealed what they tried to keep hidden – that these type of operations were deadly to the local residents, accidents and spills were common, the chemicals they used were toxic and carcinogenic, and the impacts upon the local environment, residents, wildlife, soil, noise and air pollution would be significant. In fact, it’s so bad that it was already clear that sicknesses here would rise significantly, along with higher incidents of premature deaths and related diseases leading to early death.
So that’s exactly what I published – and I made sure that this was all well-documented. I even found evidence that the Canadians who were first approached for this project had also rejected it. They hadn’t done anything on the scale that I did, but their refusal of the project only reinforced my own efforts all the more.
But the best support finally came from a local Indian tribe, who finally put their foot down and said “NO”. I had already been there and had already shared my research. They were immediately and directly down-wind of this location and would have had the lions share of pollution washing over them (and their state-of-the-art health center). Early efforts of mine told me that they were divided among their people – some thought they’d find jobs there and others were very much against it. I already knew that the “job offer” pitch was total bullshit, the company was already planning on hiring everyone out of the area for the specialized positions required. But what was really amazing was how this company made an effort to pretend that there was no risk and no pollution, which I knew to be an absolute lie.
Months went by as I accumulated more and more evidence, anxiously awaiting some kind of hints that other local residents were going to finally take a keen interest in this and get involved. Nothing happened. It seemed as if nobody really cared, so I redoubled my efforts and approached the local newspaper (who rejected my letters), and county officials (who did not return my calls). I felt that I was already in a losing battle but giving up was simply not an option (until I’m dead) so I kept at it.
Finally, the good news arrived – this planet-ruining monstrosity was not going to be built here. The local paper said that the company had received a “gut punch” back in August – the same month that I had published my website, exposing the hazards and risks to humans and wildlife. I’ll never know if or what my role actually accomplished, and I don’t even care, all I know is I could not sit on my ass and not try to put a stop to this.
Now here is the point to this – do something. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to win or not, just don’t sit on your ass and expect someone else to do it for you. I didn’t have the time or the money, but I did it anyway, because if I didn’t, it’s damned likely nobody else would or it would have been too late when they finally did get involved. As it turns out, I’m the only person who did reveal everything about what was going to happen and how the local officials were pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes. You may be the only person in your area that can also make a difference, but you’ve got to try. People need to realize that it’s going to take some self-sacrifice to save what is left, either do it or expect to lose it.
Climate change is going to wipe out civilization. I digest several hundred articles a week on this single topic. There is absolutely NO DOUBT WHATSOEVER what this outcome is going to be, because humans have NEVER lived on this planet under these expected climatic conditions (mostly extreme heat). Violence and despair are already on the rise and much, much more is expected. The Pentagon and the US military have flatly stated that climate change will devastate civilization, as have many other sources. But that does NOT mean there isn’t anything you can do. It means just the opposite, there is a LOT do be done, so GET INVOLVED and get busy. You absolutely MUST take a interest in what is unfolding now, because if you don’t, you’re going to find yourselves totally unprepared for what happens next.
Action is the antidote for helplessness and despair.