The author links http://blogs.edf.org/climate411/2017/11/01/everything-you-need-to-know-about-climate-tipping-points/ wrt climate tipping points.
I am grieving for the death of human civilization.
Since giving up is pointless, I prefer to hope that a few of those
tipping points passed will still allow human civilization to continue.
The last stage of grief, I am told, is acceptance. But what does
that look like? Do we go on protesting? Do we go on fighting, like
Bill McKibben says, because fighting is better than doing nothing?
To me the important take-away message is that we have zero time
for fighting symptoms. Taking to the streets against migration
policy, in favour of gender equality, for a decent pay and pension.
All you can achieve is alleviate symptoms while humanity as a
whole is heading for doom. Better than nothing, but never enough.
The fight against these symptoms is itself consuming more energy
than it recovers.
The only fight that makes sense to fight is how humanity is
doing its decision-making (or rather, leaving it to capitalist
greed to progress in all the wrong directions).
1) Understand: Politics can still be influenced by people.
At the netzpolitik conference I met an Austrian scientist who
did some data crunching on the amount of citizen influence
compared to lobby influence in lawmaking. He concluded that
citizen get more attention and are likely more represented
in laws, if they of course step up and do something.
The paper isn't published yet.
2) Understand: Politics can still be changed and improved.
May not be everybody's cup of tea, but I saw governance work
out incredibly better when using liquid democracy - and I
saw it scale to ten thousand participants. If we can influence
politics to change how it arrives at regulation, we can turn
around this civilization from hurrying onto the iceberg, and
start having worldwide agreement on reasonable policies.
3) Understand: Any battle focused on issues rather than on
how the battle is fought itself, is a lost battle in
But not too late.
Makes sense what I wrote?
P.S. It's amazing how idiotic the role of plutocrats is in this
whole thing. They could do the most to change how this is
going, but they are sitting on their fat bellies, not
understanding that even money won't buy their children a
functional planet. But if only assholes can win in this
capitalist system, how can you expect them to care for
their children? The game is broken even for these guys.