I sometimes wonder if the young people of the world have any real awareness of the sheer horror they’ll soon be facing. I rather doubt it. If they knew, or even had a glimmer, there should be a global outrage occurring right now.
What’s more likely, is millions of them are too busy playing computer games and not bothering to be pay close attention to accelerating events that will affect them. I don’t think there is anything more important than grasping what the future now holds for everyone.
The young won’t stay young forever, and when they finally wake up and realize just how utterly and totally screwed they are, what will the reaction be? Uncontrollable rage? Resignation? Disbelief? Despair? Or like many of us now, indifference and continued apathy?
The facts: They’re going to inherit one hell of a mess. The lasting legacy from preceding generations bequeathed upon them all. Not one person will escape this dubious inheritance
Do they really have any idea at all just how utterly and totally fucked they really are? I really doubt it since we see nothing that indicates they are even aware of what lies ahead.
There is virtually zero evidence that human behavior is changing anywhere, or even will or can change. Miniscule efforts at replacing incandescent light bulbs with a fluorescent, or driving 50 mpg cars effectively changes nothing.
Build a new sea wall to stop the rising oceans, or repair a hurricane destroyed city – these are not indications of a change in human behavior at all. They are in effect, the same behavior as before, with the same demands. They do not actually solve anything or address any of root causes to the problems that they’re (still) creating.
You see this everywhere if you can just unplug your mind for a moment. Going to the supermarket, driving to work, support Empire and capitalism by “employment” (slavery) – it’s all the same behavior as before and will all have the same inescapable results.
Why isn’t it obvious yet that if we are still doing exactly the same things we’ve already done – with the full knowledge and awareness of all of the problems and pain this has caused – do we insist on doing the same things still? Don’t we yet realize that an endless repetition of past mistakes achieves the same outcomes? It is foolhardy for any of us to think otherwise.
A lot of people continue to argue that we can change, precisely because we are now being directly impacted by the mistakes of our past. But this is not happening! Instead, there remains an insistence that we continue to do the same things we did in the past – but “better” this time. This is patently STUPID because it refuses to dig deep enough into how deluded we’ve become.
The extreme weather events that are now pounding the planet are “supposed” to be our wake-up call and change our behavior, but once again, this is NOT changing our behavior – and never, ever will. Just the opposite is true – extreme events are increasing our activity and efforts to preserve and maintain all that we have, not decrease it.
I just watched a documentary on Australia opal mining. The temperatures are extreme, its 130 degrees on the surface. So instead of not mining (which is really the only thing that makes any sense) – they moved their homes into the tunnels they carved – so they can continue mining. This only works (for now) because of the massive levels of fossil fuel inputs, but once that’s gone, they’re destined to be toast.
This is probably one of the best examples of the future now unfolding that I can portray. It won’t matter how hot or how dry it is, or how much rain, or how “bad” the storms get, or even what is still left for humans to eat. Humans will do everything they can to continue to exploit whatever they can, as long as they can, in a desperate bid to survive – while STILL refusing to change.
There is evidence throughout the whole Earth of this type of mentality. Preservation and “advancement” of civilization and society is the only thing being tried. Because this repeats the same mistakes of the past (connedsumption, exploitation, resource depletion and pollution), this can’t work indefinitely in a finite, faltering world.
Choking down jellyfish burgers or eating algae from a toxic sea is strangely considered preferable to preserving the oceans and sustainable fish stocks. Companies who plunder the world’s oceans are always seeking to make stupendous profit at virtually any cost, and to take advantage of the dwindling resources around them.
The unbelievably stupid paradigm of “endless growth” and incessant global connedsumption is destroying everything. There can be NO OTHER CONCLUSION ANYMORE.
This behavior is the core component in the global destruction and collapse of the entire biosphere, multiplied 7 billion times and counting.
Repeated all over the entire planet, in every society, every town, every village, every city, the “goal” is still “growth” at any cost, even though we have more than enough evidence that this is planetary suicide.
Adaption, as the word is being widely used today, means “find ways to survive” the escalating disasters we’ve caused, by exploiting the environment and the resources even more than before. It never means do less or stop growth. It never means control population growth. It never means adapt and live differently with fewer demands. Yet this “adaption myth” keeps coming up in science and policy proposals and papers. The argument that “we can change” is a cover term that means “we’ll find another way to do what we’ve always done“, which is to continue to over-exploit the environment as long as we possibly can.
Many people claim that we will change when things get bad enough and force our hand. This does not make any sense. If we can’t do it now when it should be relatively easy, we can’t do it when there’s nothing left. How do you adapt to nothing? Adaption can only occur when there is something still left that makes it possible.
The kind of adaption they’re talking about isn’t really adaption at all – it really means what I shared earlier – find another way to continue exploitation and growth. There can only be one possible outcome for this, and that is exactly the situation we face now.
We won’t change because in reality, we don’t want to. And if we did somehow manage to change after things got really bad – what would that accomplish? Nothing at all, as it would be far, far, too late to have any effect.
I’ve reviewed a bunch of documentaries on the real state of the world’s oceans, the declining Amazon, the increasing desertification of vast tracts of land and much, much more depicting the environmental conditions of the world. Virtually every documentary screams out the message that “we’re destroying everything” but then always ends on the lie that “we can change” if just try a little harder.
It’s utter nonsense with no basis in facts or reality. The exact opposite is actually true. We are not changing and we never have. Not this civilization. Not this culture and society. Uh uh. All we really do is find something, somewhere or someone else to exploit.
That’s why there’s more and more documentaries being made all the time – with more dire reports than ever before! The proof is absolutely everywhere – the decline, destruction and devastation of the biosphere and species extinction is still accelerating! What more possible proof could anybody actually require to realize we are NOT going to change?
The “humans must change their behavior and activities” mantra is a total myth with virtually no basis in reality or practice. Humans will do what humans have always done – ignore the problem and go on living, seeking every possible advantage over the environment for as long as possible.
This is clearly what we’re doing now – despite escalating news about extreme events and increased public and corporate awareness. None of this awareness has effectively “changed” anything.
Many acts of desperation will be tried (like geo-engineering) and larger tidal barriers and even mining methane hydrates from the sea floor, but none of this represents change. It’s all a desperate bid to continue to do what we’ve always done and that is to exploit everything that there is – even “disaster” – while ignoring the damage we’ve already done under the delusional notion that “we’ll do it better this time!”. This is a grand delusion that permeates every “solution”. And it’s dead wrong.
Extreme climate events will not change behavior at all, they will in point of fact, exacerbate our activities with more construction, more use of fossil fuels, more attempts at providing better resistance in business, farms, homes, cities, more efforts to “preserve us” and our way of life, versus preserve what is left of the environment, or God forbid, stop using technology to destroy the Earth, and stop using fossil fuels altogether.
Climate change will most definitely not change human behavior for “planetary good” even when (not if) it gets REALLY BAD. It will cause humans to increase their energy demands and carbon emissions, not decrease them.
We will all soon hear about the last elephant, the last rhinoceros, and the last lion being hunted down and killed into extinction. The last fish will be eaten. The last honeybee will die. The last of everything we need to sustain life (not just “us”) will be extinguished.
The epitaph of humanity will read to the silent skies –
“They killed everything in order that they might live (excessively)“.
Despite our knowing what caused catastrophic climate change – we will not change, even in the face of self-extinction.
There are a number of examples in our history that proves this point – we WILL cut down the last tree, or harvest the last plant, or eat the last fish, because we’ve done this before. Former civilizations collapsed precisely because of this type of depletion.
Virtually ALL of them collapsed because they wiped out their environment and ignored the warning signs. This has been well documented on this blog for years now. In the past, humans have always been able to migrate away from the ecological destruction caused again and again – but not this time. This time, there is literally no place to go, and now the world is interconnected and dependent like never before.
And just in case that this is not really and painfully obvious – we’re not really trying to solve our problems.
We don’t even intend to in reality. This point is plain as day. It’s politically incorrect and causes no small amount of disagreement. But I have always said, watch what people do, versus what they say.
All we intend to do and all the evidence we’re seeing, is to find ways to continue to exploit whatever is left.
It’s time for some real honesty in the entire scientific community and environmental movement. Their “solutions” are to find new ways to use up even more resources, which is simply no solution at all and never, ever will be.
Some think that once we’ve “suffered enough” then (and only then) change will come (they’re even advocating widespread suffering and death). This is very unlikely because it does NOT reflect what humans do accurately. Humans (in this civilization) are conditioned to demand as much as possible for as long as possible. Even in collapse this expectation does not change.
Areas that have been devastated by storm or disaster don’t change – they immediately attempt to rebuild, restore and resume everything that they had before.
Although this would be the perfect opportunity to foster a change in human behavior and demands upon the environment and natural resources, this doesn’t happen anywhere in the world.
The world’s corporations will continue to be happy to continuing to provide everything for us so that we might live – thus perpetuating the dependency and demands that were previously there. Nothing changes, life goes on under the very same paradigm as before.
Corporations exploit everything that they can, including disaster. They refuse to even acknowledge that we’re running out of resources. They are, just like us, very poorly equipped to adapt their ways and have no intentions to do so.
Real adaption for the world’s corporations and business would mean to abolish them altogether and forever, and that will never happen while there remains a tree to cut down or a resource that can be exploited and sold at profit. Follow the money and you will uncover the horrible truth – that our civilization is designed to destroy.
The change-myth fails to recognize that the changes required are orders of magnitude greater then what we are willing or even able to do now. The little changes oft-suggested do almost nothing and make no meaningful difference at all. The big and essential changes that are so desperately needed now would cause massive business failures and disgruntled populations who would be unhappy and worse (they’d riot).
The culture change that advocated by scientists, policy makers, educators, authors, researchers, etc., is simply not occurring either. It’s really just lip-service and delusion. Their “best” idea is to replace anything that is “lost” with something equally as “good”. This does not represent a meaningful change at all, it’s just business-as-usual and the same tired and destructive paradigm we are saddled with today.
The green wash agenda of environmentalists and “ecologically conscious” people of the 21st century is a complete joke. Go live under a tree in a tipi and I’ll start taking them seriously – otherwise, stop lying to us all about “what can be done” while still dining at the supermarket and eating food transported from 1500 miles away.
The techno-fix “solution” advocated by science is another myth. Technology and its use is an elemental component of what helped destroy the biosphere in the first place, and it will not save us now. It might enable us to go faster, or squeeze more out of whatever remains, but it cannot replace or repair the damage already done.
The gods of technology are not a solution to behavior and demand.
Unfortunately, nobody will find a way to “escape” what lies ahead. Your children cannot escape. Nor will their children. There is virtually no possibility of avoiding any of this now.
I used to go fishing here. Now it’s a theme park for idiots and assholes on ATV’s.
Nobody notices. Nobody cares. Here’s a bit of proof that even in “disaster”, humans will not change – they’d rather find a way to exploit the place.
I could post a million more examples like this from all over the world, documenting and demonstrating that at every single opportunity – humans will exploit whatever remains for their own private and “privileged” use. It’s unbelievably tragic – and indictment of who and what we really are.
It’s hard to fathom that this is happening virtually everywhere – water ways being poisoned by fracking; tar sands being superheated for oil, releasing cancer-causing chemicals thousands of miles away; the very bottom of the oceans being scraped clean of virtually all life; coral reefs dying throughout the world or “harvested” for human use; forests being razed down and replanted (sometimes) in monoculture plantations where not a single bird or animal can survive; entire mountain tops being blasted into oblivion with polluted creeks and toxic slurry building up by the billions of gallons – the list of our crimes on life and the biosphere is virtually endless now – but nobody cares or even notices.
In just a few hundred years we’ve managed to destroy the very fabric of life that has kept humans alive for hundreds of thousands of years.
I expect massive crop losses in the months ahead. But even this won’t be a siren-call for humanity. Instead, we’ll find a way to exploit the Arctic for “new energy reserves”, increasing our carbon emissions and killing everything up there that we can lay our hands on. Watch and see.
I’ve just reviewed a huge number of posts on this blog and virtually everything I’ve warned about is coming true. We are viciously destroying everything we need to stay alive – and we WILL collapse because of this staggering indifference.
We’re so married to the notion of progress, growth and advancement that even when facing disaster and total destruction, we can’t give any of this up.
We’d rather keep “trying”, sacrificing whatever remains of the biosphere, desperately trying to “prove” we can still have it all while refusing to admit to the real problem.
This is tragically stupid.