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An article on challenging your assumptions

By Shira Loustaunau


Insights and perspectives of the movie, “What a Way to Go” by VisionQuest Pictures, parts 1 through 8.

For those of us that are more inclined and seek a better way to confront our environmental, cultural, and the overall global demise, this article will be easy to be read. For those of us that cannot confront the reality of doom and gloom on planet earth, which is the path we have made for ourselves, you can stop reading now.  But this is not what I want. This is not what the producers and directors of this movie want.  What we want is for us to face what our reality is in confronting peak oil, climate change, mass extinction, and population overshoot.

Most of what we do know of these issues is that it is not enough.  The more we choose not to watch, stay ignorant by choice, not know what others are experiencing through greenhouse gases, temperatures on the rise, more floods, more droughts, hunger, rising sea levels, and the facts that what we ignore will be our undoing, if we do not address the issues today.  In fact, some might say it could be too late.  It is redundant to say that we are in peril now, and in the future, and in the future of our children.  The very survival of our species is now in question.  The planet  is closer now to an ecological meltdown than it has ever been.

How has this all played out?  How do we get to the point that we are at right now?  How do we begin and continue to start a dialogue to address the issues?  What we do is start off with the facts and in so many words, educate ourselves in “how did we get here?” Briefly, we have built a totalitarian agriculture; we have population overgrowth, hard work and poor health, wealth and inequity, expansion and war.  Is it a fact that our dependence on agriculture is the fundamental cause of the so many problems as stated above.  We have environmental destruction and “the rise of Empire” through city and cultures in order to equate and sustain our needs for the overpopulation we have today.  The human ecosystem that we built cannot be sustained once the importation of resources cannot be delivered to these places, which means trade, which requires transport, and transport requires energy, meaning oil, and energy has to come from somewhere.

So, let’s see, we have a totalitarian agricultural society with whom need to be fed and have water to drink, combined with our dependence on fossil fuel from other countries, which are, by the way, depleting at what the scientific community would phrase “peak oil” in general terms, and from here, it goes down. If we have our resources at peak levels for the first time in history, and it is declining, what comes next? War. No one should be shocked by that. In order for us, the Western World to live, without mentioning other countries around the world, what we have left is the war for energy.  “We have a food race on our hands.” Not only are we warring with ourselves as humans, we are destroying the very thing we need to live. We have accumulated wealth at the expense of our environment.  We have created the greenhouse effect which is destroying our land and our oceans.  Don’t you think Nature would fight back? The population of our species is going to be reduced. There are forces at work, either by disease, natural catastrophes, climate change, and oil depletion that will in fact play out more so than what we have seen or lived through.  “We are in the midst of an ecological meltdown.”

Can we talk about this earnestly and clearly? Can we control the population?  We cannot survive apart from the earth, yet we are killing her. We feel deep grief of this loss of connection. Our job now is to wake up and start talking to everyone that would listen, arm ourselves instead of with guns but with knowledge and get rid of the old thinking of materialistic pleasures in which we have met that “peak” and must now change.

Author’s note: I will continue with parts 9 through 12 anon. Hopefully, there will be more answers than doom and gloom. Reality bites…

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Okay, question 1: What is cap and trade? If you answered a capitalistic measure of pollutants by emission trading, you are correct.

Question 2: Where lays the onus for cap and trade? Climate change, either warming or cooling, has been debated for decades now. Depending on where you stand on this issue, the burden of proof lies in consumerism via CO2. On the other hand, according to Joseph D’Aleo, co-founder of the Weather Channel and executive director of ICECAP (International Climate and Environmental Change Assessment Project), who stated in the 2009 Old Farmer’s Almanac that the US annual mean temperature has fluctuated for decades and has only risen 0.21° Fahrenheit since 1930. He goes on to say that this is caused by fluctuating solar activity levels and ocean temperatures and not carbon emissions. Mr. D’Aleo is not alone.

This unequivocally differs from the ongoing barrage of global warming issues, facts and myths. In essence, signatures from 31,487 scientists/physicists compiled from 1997 to 2007 with a new review incorporating research literature up to 2007 results in this overwhelming statement of the Global Warming Petition Project (petitionproject.org): “There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s climate.”

So… here is the dilemma. Let’s make a comparison: we have a scientifically proven environmental campaign that states that the Earth is not warming, and in fact, cooling by thousands of scientists with scientific data from around the world, or, the movie An Inconvenient Truth’s message by Al Gore, et al, that contains “many serious, incorrect claims which no informed, honest scientist could endorse”, as stated on the Petition Project’s website.

As easy as it sounds from both sides of global warming or cooling, it is still the environmental Rubik’s cube. The question remains, as consumers, what do we choose, how do we filter what we are told or what we read in order to come to a solution to our pollution? The answer could be, if we create a capitalist society built on consumerism and materialistic values, we could not choose, for if we did, it would be based on hypocrisy because we were made to consume and consuming we are, to the detriment of our home and ourselves.

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In the all-encompassing macrocosm of warmer temperature issues, it is easy to get mired in the muck of scientific data, political views and motivations, and the ever challenging, ‘what is the answer to global warming?’ Research has shown from prolific scientists on both sides of the aisle of, is it global warming or just panic stricken multitudes of concerned inhabitants of this Big Blue Beautiful World we call home? Why is it so hard to take care of our home?

According to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in a 2007 report it states: “Most of the observed increase in global average temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentration”. The ‘greenhouse gas’ is mainly CO2. Anthropogenic means we are all responsible, not technically, but in a way; anthropogenic means of or relating to the study of the origins and development of human beings. A statement as this should grab our attention to take more action against global warming, but then you have this from a 2009 report, authored by physicists, David H. Douglas, PhD, and John Christy, PhD, on rising global temperatures. In their scientific summary http://www.pas.rochester.edu/~douglass/papers/E&E%20douglass_christy-color.pdf, the answer to global warming is easily read as, “… (Their) conclusions are contrary to the IPCC 2007 statement”. The statement is quoted above.

It is plain to all of us that in order for us to move past these objective or subjective views, whatever the motivations, we as a people need to do our part and educate ourselves more in depth. For us to make a difference whether you agree it is global warming or not, it is obvious we are having some impact on the world, and if we do not act, life will be hell on Earth, and I’m not just talking temperature.

In 2011, we are witnessing global crisis never before seen. Unfortunately, it is only when we cannot live on a day-to-day basis that we are accustomed to, when we cannot afford the gas, when our lifestyles are completely changed then it will be time to take a look at what’s happening and ipso facto do something about it.