Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy

For those that don’t know (I did not – AJ shared this), there is a great paper written here (*.pdf format) by Professor Jem Bendell, “Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy”.

Concise and to the point, the paper reflects my own positions on science, reticence, collapse, and the global emergency that now exists.

Jem is a much better writer then I am and provides numerous references to support the papers main points. A good read.

He also covers how humans are banking on denial in the video below, and I do not mean “climate denial”. Denial on how we will respond, fail to respond, and respond quite badly (choose the wrong things to do), which I’ve also discussed in the past. This paper is definitely in agreement with my own observations and commentary on what we can expect.

I’ve read through the entire thing and endorse this as a “must read”. It’s as scary as the predictions I’ve made, including massive starvation, societal collapse and imminent doom. Jem is also aware of the problems within the scientific community with reporting the whole truth. His paper was rejected for publication (science is afraid to tell the truth), so he self-published.

Jem also have a Youtube video that is worth watching (turn off any browser blocking that might prevent you from viewing the video):

(I’m not a fan of the closing segment with Toni Spencer which begins at 44:08. I do not find this kind of distracting disassembling useful at all and think it takes away from the message and impact that Jem conveyed so well).

The video portrays the food collapse occurring right now, and a quick point on the financial collapse. He also makes the point that all we can actually do is “get ready”. Bang, dead on with how we should be responding. He also recommends some policies. I don’t think these go far enough, but it’s definitely on the right track.

Nice review of the paper can be found here – New outlook on global warming: Best prepare for social collapse, and soon

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2 thoughts on “Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy

  • February 24, 2019 at 3:24 pm
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    A great book to read that discusses the last time that world-wide collapse happened is “The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes: How a Stone-Age Comet Changed the Course of World Culture”. It goes through in depth scientific detail about how a super nova has caused no less than three global civilization resets over the past 60,000 years. Our current fascination with climate change is nothing more than the remembrance of times past. Humanity will survive as it always has for the past 2,000,000 years, but much will be lost as has happened before. “The time for half-steps and half measures is over”, the time for preparation and reconciliation is upon us. Will we rise to the challenge or fade away and become a legend, a myth, a forgotten race, like Atlantis, Punt, the Macedonia, the Mayans, or the Anasazi.

    Scientific inquiry and research has shown that sea levels during the Younger-Dryas rose by 100+ feet in less than 10 years (it actually was a matter of weeks). That ancient civilizations, like today, were inundated because they built along the coasts. That continuous earthquakes, tsunami’s, volcanic eruptions and massive wide spread land sinking was due to the rapid melting of trillions of tons of glacial ice within a matter of days. Noah’s flood is but one of hundreds of stories/myths told and retold throughout the cultures of the world that all describe a period of forewarning followed by complete obliteration of everything that existed before and the beginning of a new age. This flood was beyond massive (the Missoula floods were merely regional despite their massiveness!), it was concurrent across all then civilizations. The death star “wormwood” was actually a ice/methane comet that slammed into the glaciers of Canada. These comets are still coming. The Tunguska event of 1908 and the Russian 2013 meteor are proof positive that these events can and will occur. The current issue we face now is not climate change, that was inevitable! The problem is population explosion, which has not occurred to this extent in the entire history of the planet. Climate change, ecological disaster, migration and war, volcanism, earthquakes, disease, tsunamis, solar flares, and comets are all lining up to cause an epic reset.

    I leave you with an ancient Egyptian saying, “The things to come cast their shadows before them.” Take heed, be safe and may the Light that shines upon neither land nor sea shine within thee.

    Iraqulon

    • March 4, 2019 at 1:06 pm
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      I’ve given your comments lots of thought before deciding to weigh in. I have not read the book you recommended. But I did look up the reviews and suspect that I’ve learned enough to discount this guy’s claims and conjecture. His ‘science’ is considered seriously flawed. There are no known comets that threaten impact on the Earth at this time either. Yes, anything could happen, but it’s pointless to build an entire narrative around something like this, which is what he’s done.

      The reality of what we experience is that these scares and claims almost “never happen”. Climate change wasn’t inevitable, it is the direct result of civilization, but only this present civilization, it was never going to happen with pre-industrial civilizations, our impacts were not significant enough, nor did we have industrialized agriculture and the related population explosion and everything else that followed.

      Climate change has been broadly identified as “the” most serious threat facing humanity by many different agencies, scientists and researchers, including the Pentagon, United Nations, Department of Defense, NASA, WTO and on and on. Virtually every credible scientific institution has now claimed that climate change is the primary threat to humankind. All the other potential events you mentioned are labeled either “possible” or “unlikely” but not “probable” which is a actual determination of likelihood and why climate change is the real threat to be concerned about.

      Each day I read of more events and actual disasters directly related to climate change. It’s now a 100% certainty that climate change presents a existential threat to humanity.

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