On The Know Show this week, we discussed the boiling points that are exploding everywhere, all over the world – from pension reforms to judicial reforms, political activism, to Ukrainian wheat flooding markets and hurting farmers, along with a rise in commentary from the intellectual left, urging communities that the time has come to get onto the streets and fight for a better future.
One of the phrases you will start to hear more and more is the “climate economy,” and this is about how extreme weather events, ecosystem loss, overshoot, and more, will increasingly and negatively impact the global economy. The very simple truth is, our extractive, growth-based economy has hit its tipping point, and guess what? It’s time to pay up.
How much we pay, depends on how we act and when, but practically no country on earth is ready for what is now on our doorstep – see those crazy tornadoes in the US this week? We need to accept that the years and decades ahead will be extremely challenging, so working on our own personal resilience is critical right now, as is fighting for our governments to do the right thing by its citizens, but also for the millions and millions of people living in countries without the money to get ready.
We always see so much push back from wealthy countries on its obligations towards less wealthy countries. However, the very simple reality is, if we can help people stay where they are (which they WANT to do) perhaps the millions or billions of climate migrants won’t be on our doorstep anytime soon, and we won’t see the societal collapse that will come with huge and chaotic mass movement. Let’s also remember, we still don’t know where the climate migrants will come from – it could be you. It all depends on the order the tipping points fall.
We are now at the point where it is time for us all to get ready. We need to plan 50 years out, aligning with the climate scientists’ predictions, and we need to prepare for what is to come, otherwise, we will be completely overwhelmed, and that time is already knocking on our doors.
Because of the abysmal state most countries are in with regards to adaptation measures, we can (and should) expect more protests in more places. We should also expect more craziness and chaos, but please, let’s focus on getting as many as we can aligned on a vision of how we want to walk into this future, together. If we don’t, it will be miserable for everyone, not just the global south.
Here’s the clip from The Know Show where we discussed this wide-ranging topic.
One quote I pulled from it: The sociologist Norbert Elias, who left Germany for France and then Britain as the Nazi regime took hold, famously described what he called the civilizing process as “a long sequence of spurts and counter-spurts,” warning that you cannot fix a violent society simply by eliminating the factors that made it deteriorate in the first place. Violence and the forces that underlie it have the potential to take us from the democratic backsliding we already know to a condition known as decivilization. In periods of decivilization, ordinary people fail to find common ground with one another and lose faith in institutions and elected leaders. Shared knowledge erodes, and bonds fray across society. Some people inevitably decide to act with violence. As violence increases, so does distrust in institutions and leaders, and around and around it goes. The process is not inevitable—it can be held in check—but if a period of bloodshed is sustained for long enough, there is no shortcut back to normal. And signs of decivilization are visible now.
This is not the right path for us – agreed? Well let’s make sure it doesn’t happen.
And here’s the content I’ve been reading or watching this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
Extinction Rebellion Founder Speaks Out | Aaron Bastani meets Roger Hallam
Resources for those struggling with eco-anxiety. Please share with your community.
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