What are your thoughts about abrupt climate change? Science shows us that it has happened in the past, such as the case of the Younger Dryas, a period of abrupt cooling that interrupted a general warming trend as Earth emerged from the last Ice Age.
Dr. Guy McPherson has been following the science of climate change for years. You may not agree with all he has to say and some of the things he has to say are truly sobering, when not scary and almost always, controversial.
But he is also a proponent of a compassionate approach and a certified grief counselling. That is why his message is not one of despair or doom (nor one of false hopes and hidden agendas either).
Whether you are just curious or have been deeply concerned about where climate change is taking us, this is a must see.
(Please read my disclaimer at the bottom of this post)
Are you planning to attend? Please register here:
June 12 at 12 m at the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University – 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K3
June 12 at 7 PM at Heartwood Community Cafe 317 E Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 1W5
You can see a complete list of cities, dates and times here: “Dr Guy McPherson Cascadia Tour: Responding to Abrupt Climate Change” https://www.facebook.com/events/858108290891538/
Disclaimer: I have been studying climate change at different universities since 2011, both paid universities (Thomson Rivers) and free MOOCs (but equally serious, such as Pennsylvania State University, UBC, University of Queensland and the World Bank Group, among others).
Abrupt climate change is mentioned and is also present at the latest IPCC reports, however, it is usually downplayed by mainstream science. If you apply ecology thinking (system thinking) and put together not only CO2 impacts but also other powerful greenhouse gases such as methane and incorporate the feedback loops created by the albedo effect, etc., you can see that abrupt climate change is possible.
My concern (beyond climate change) and one I have shared in this and this blogs for more than three years now, is the combination of all these factors with soil erosion, water depletion, biodiversity loss, general pollution from different sources and the depletion of resources from phosphorous to raw materials to build things: in other words, the perfect storm.
We have three options: the first is to ignore, deny and downplay this and continue betting to BAU (business as usual) and see what happens; the second is to become terribly scared and depressed and think that we are just doomed and the third is to try to understand and respond to this understanding to the best of our capacity.
My choice has always been to understand things. My choice has also always been trying to see the whole picture. My “response” has been building resilience and sharing it with whoever wants to listen (or, in this case, read)…my response has also been incorporate compassion and live in the now, as it has always been the only thing we have for sure.