X…Climate Emergency pg 24…Circle The Wagons

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 The Myth of Sustainability

Guy R. McPherson*Corresponding authorGuy R. McPherson, Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona.Submitted: 26 June 2020; Accepted: 02 July 2020; Published:08 July 2020ISSN: 2639-7455www.opastonline.com



Humans are able to sustain neither industrial civilization nor our species, Homo sapiens. Whereas many pre-civilized groups practiced sustainability, contemporary industrial civilization is not sustainable. Indeed, global industrial civilization underlies abrupt, irreversible climate change and also the ongoing Mass Extinction Event. We continue to overheat Earth, which is already at the highest global-average temperature with our species present. The rapidity of environmental change is increasing and will continue to accelerate with either increased industrial activity or, paradoxically, diminished industrial activity. This paper offers a path forward for all of us, and especially those who wish to educate others, in light of these daunting facts. If our species is destined for extinction, as all species are, then how shall we proceed? If our species is destined for extinction in the near term, as seems apparent, then how shall we proceed? What is the role of educators in the face of an existential threat?


According to an overview published by European Strategy and Policy Analysis System in April 2019 [27], an “increase of 1.5 degrees is the maximum the planet can tolerate; … at worst, [such a rise in temperature above the 1750 baseline will cause] the extinction of humankind altogether.” In other words, according to this major synthesis, we have passed the point beyond which human extinction is likely to occur. After all, Earth is currently at least 2 C above the 1750 baseline [14].One common suggestion in response to our fossil-fueled dilemma is to reduce fossil-fuel emissions. However, slowing or stopping industrial activity heats Earth even faster than the ongoing planetary heating resulting from industrial civilization. Industrial activity not only produces the greenhouse gases that heat Earth, but industrial activity also produces the aerosol masking effect that keeps Earth cool [11]. The aerosol masking effect has been greatly underestimated, as pointed out in recent research by [28-30]. The collective evidence indicates a 1 C rise in global-average temperature will occur within a few days or weeks after industrial activity is reduced by as little as 20%, as summarized by [10, 14]. (bold is mine)

…here is the paper in PDF form for reading here or downloading…I suggest you read it, download it and study it’s powerful message…the-myth-of-sustainability-eesrr-20

…on the previous page I may have misunderstood what the 1C claim was, it maybe that the 1C is in addition to the 2C we already have…duh…

…we have before us…the pandemic of a novel virus…the climate emergency…the mass extinction…the poles-shifting…the collapse of governance or the nation states inability to govern…all factors are speeding up exponentially…it is time to circle the wagons, gather family and friends, teach peace, share love and to try and remain sane while the external world goes insane…this is a Life Extinction Event, a deadly combination during which we will read and hear “happy-talk”, people grasping at straws hoping for a miracle, some sort of saving grace, we hear some claim that this is an existential threat to mankind and the planet we call Earth, it is not a threat, it is happening right now as we live and breathe, you are a part of it, it is not something far away with time built in, there is no time, there is only now, this moment and with what little we know it tells us only love remains, as Dr. Guy McPherson says…

…for background I suggest you go here…W…Climate Emergency pg 23…Shifting poles

…well…that pretty much does it for me…why bother?…people come here, read the postings headlines and look at the pretty pictures but don’t click on any links or watch any video’s posted…

…as I cruise the web and read and post comments one of the most referenced to pages I post is the one below, the page is the source of the McPherson paper above…please read this page, understand what it means and how it portends our future in the short term, we have little time left…

Arctic Sea Ice at Record Low for Time of Year

As temperatures keep rising, should the IPCC raise the alarm?

Arctic News: Arctic Sea Ice at Record Low for Time of Year