Chris Hedges: The Great Flood

Compelling! Time passes and we fall farther and farther behind in our ability to slow climate change. Up to this point the human species has not reduced CO2 emissions in any meaningful way and today CO2 levels are the highest they’ve been in at least 800,000 years, likely tens of millions of years. We are redefining Earth, creating a new planet that will grow more and more hostile to humans and other living creatures. Why? Because we don’t care enough to change.

Vox Populi

How many times will we rebuild Florida’s cities, Houston, coastal New Jersey, New Orleans and other population centers ravaged by storms lethally intensified by global warming? At what point, surveying the devastation and knowing more is inevitable, will we walk away, leaving behind vast coastal dead zones? Will we retreat even further into magical thinking to cope with the fury we have unleashed from the natural world? Or will we respond rationally and radically alter our relationship to this earth that gives us life?

Civilizations over the past 6,000 years have unfailingly squandered their futures through acts of colossal stupidity and hubris. We are probably not an exception. The physical ruins of these empires, including the Mesopotamian, Roman, Mayan and Indus, litter the earth. They elevated, during acute distress, inept and corrupt leaders who channeled anger, fear and dwindling resources into self-defeating wars and vast building projects. The ruling oligarchs…

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