A Book You Should Probably Read…

The fairy tale that many people, most likely including yourself, believe about climate change – as told in the very first paragraph (quoted below) from the recent book: ‘The Uninhabitable Earth’, by David Wallace-Wells. I’m sure you can find it if you want to, without me advertising for major book-sellers. It is easy enough to do, so I do not include a url link here.

“It is worse, much worse, than you think. The slowness of climate change is a fairy tale, perhaps as pernicious as the one that says it isn’t happening at all, and comes to us bundled with several others in an anthology of comforting delusions: that global warming is an Arctic saga, unfolding remotely; that it is strictly a matter of sea level and coastlines, not an enveloping crisis sparing no place and leaving no life undeformed; that it is a crisis of the “natural” world, not the human one; that those two are distinct, and that we live today somehow outside or beyond or at the very least defended against nature, not inescapably within and literally overwhelmed by it; that wealth can be a shield against the ravages of warming; that the burning of fossil fuels is the price of continued economic growth; that growth, and the technology it produces, will allow us to engineer our way out of environmental disaster; that there is any analogue to the scale or scope of this threat, in the long span of human history, that might give us confidence in staring it down.”

Now, I have to say that I haven’t read the book. As I write this, the first paragraph is as far as I have progressed in it, but something about what is said there I feel is important enough to at least raise attention to the work since it mirrors my own views. So it is a good start. I just hope that it doesn’t deteriorate into one of those soppy ‘if we do things right we will be OK’ type of environmental books, because no bigger lie was ever perpetrated (other than perhaps the ‘if you eat of the fruit of the tree, you will die’ misanthropy directed at the religiously weak of mind and easily subordinated among us). The book title gives me hope that it will be forthright on the matter. I will be happy if it scares the pants off me – though I doubt there is much among that which we are about to experience at the hands of Earth’s climate, but which I haven’t yet thought about, which could do that.

I leave it to you to decide whether you will make yourself aware of the truth of the climate change enigma now quickly approaching.

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