Arctic Echoes

l Climate change will destroy us - is there anything left for us to do?

16.5.2018 8:30

Climate change exacerbates the weather phenomena around the world in different ways. We get plenty of snow, somewhere else there are more hurricanes. Climate change also seems to exacerbate opinions on what we could do about it.

We know that the greenhouse gases already released into the atmosphere will warm up and change our climate for a long time to come, even if we were to stop emitting them right now. Currently, the emissions just keep on rising. Is there anything we could still do to combat climate change?

Doctor Mayer Hillman does not spare his words in an interview to the Guardian. According to him, we will have to accept that because of climate change much of life on Earth will be destroyed – including us humans. He does not believe that there is any sense in keeping up hope. Instead, he recommends the opposite: let us give up hope! We will be destroyed. When we admit that we are doomed, we can wake up. He believes that accepting that we are doomed could make humanity rather like an individual who learns that they are dying. Only by admitting that we are terminally ill, can we start acting as people who learn that the Grim Reaper is approaching. We will start trying to prolong our lives. We will start to actually combat climate change.

Hillman’s views are not mainstream science. Yet many scientists working with climate change have lost their hope in combatting climate change with political decisions. Many find that we will have to start reflecting on other ways. One key way is changing the climate with the help of technology – geoengineering.

Ice researchers at the Arctic Centre, Professor John C. Moore and Doctor Rupert Gladstone with their colleagues published a comment on one of the opportunities in the journal Nature. As the polar caps melt, the sea levels will rise everywhere. According to them, we could buy time by preventing the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica from flowing into the oceans. In their comment, the researchers suggest various means of carrying this out.

I think the approach adopted by the mainstream researchers is the right one. We must invest in political processes, but we must also examine the methods of geoengineering. Taking action against climate change is not as sluggish as one could imagine by observing only Trump, Putin and Xi. Even though Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, people in the U.S. are constantly working to combat climate change in states, cities and companies. Climate lawsuits filed against governments are soaring.

The game is not over! We do have hope!

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Joe DiMento 18.5.2018 13:11
Very well stated Dear Timo. The idea of giving up may have some value as a provocative message but the risks of this kind of communication seem serious.

Kiitos and Warm wishes,

joe
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