And I laughed. Not a joyful laugh, a dark laugh, because of course it is! Every day I hear something ridiculous – a politician announcing a reversal of green policies (Sunak), ignorant political contenders claiming they can solve all of our problems (Trump), 99% of humanity is breathing toxic air – it’s polluted with microplastics or forever chemicals or carbon or whatever, our water is polluted or diminishing at a rapid rate, alfalfa farms in the US are draining aquifers all while growing food for cows in Saudi Arabia, our forests are no longer carbon sinks but instead carbon sources, extinctions, massive coral bleaching events, depletion of our land and natural wonders, soil degradation, and the list goes on.
It’s so ridiculous what we are doing to ourselves, it’s almost unbelievable, unless you have a passion for history (which I do) and know that many times over, humanity has lived in excess of what its environment can provide, resulting in the catastrophic collapse of past civilizations. The only difference this time is it’s not just one civilization that will collapse, but all… so, where are we going to go next, exactly?
So yes, I have entered the realm of dark laughter, because it’s the only way I can stay sane. I have deniers jumping on my social media posts, attacking me for what I share, and I laugh in the same way. I don’t feel any emotions towards them, and I have no animosity either. For whatever reason they believe what they believe, I ain’t changing that, so why get all emotional about it? Plenty of other things to get emotional about, like making sure my boys can chase their dreams!
When it comes to the trolls, botts and deniers, I just think you do you and I’ll do me, because I will never stop working to guarantee my children and all children a chance at some sort of a future. That’s why I’m doing what I’m doing after all. I’m a parent and that “job” is supposed to be about giving my kids a step up to a better life than I’ve had. Right now, I feel the chances of that are almost zero, but still I try.
So, when people argue with me about climate change (I don’t argue back), but I’m like OK let’s say that climate change is all bullshit – what shall we do about the accelerated extinctions and the loss of ecosystems?
Or the immense amount of waste in our rivers and oceans?
Or the escalating number of refugees and human slaves – most of which are women and children?
Or the speed at which we are losing healthy topsoil, which means we won’t be able to grow enough food to feed everyone?
Or the extreme heat events which have killed so many and will kill many many more and very soon?
Or the fact that, for every degree of warming, we have 7% more moisture in the atmosphere, which is why we’re seeing more extreme flooding events. It’s New York this weekend, I wonder where it will be next weekend? Maybe where I live. Maybe where you live.
Or the fact that no country – rich or poor – is ready for the extreme weather events hitting their town, city or country?
Or rapid glacial melt?
Or the Arctic and the soon-to-be-experienced blue ocean event?
Or Antarctica with Thwaites seriously concerning scientists?
Or permafrost melt and methane release – aka the methane dragon?
We are in trouble my friends, on so many levels, and it is time for every adult on this planet, especially those in the middle class and up (that’s 3.8 billion people+ if you didn’t know) to step up, speak up, reduce our consumption by at least 75%, and we need to regenerate our world everywhere and get back in balance with what our earth can provide. If we don’t do that, well….
I don’t know if it will be enough to succeed, truly, but I know that if we come together and try our hardest, well it might just be enough to slow it down. Of course, we might still face collapse, but at least we’ll collapse together, united, trying our hardest to succeed. That’s a better option than the current dystopian path we’re on, don’t you think?
Until we show a significant level of commitment to changing our path, my dark laughter will continue. The truth is, if I don’t do that, I’ll fall into deep despair, and I don’t want to be there, that would suck. I am also committed to never giving up because my kids deserve all I’ve got. Can you help me in this fight? We need as many as we can on board now.
Anyhoo, onto the reads….
Friend’s content and mine
Mighty Parents – Neerja Singh is a WONDERFUL storyteller and I love how she captures the complexity of parenting and children in this blog. Check it out and make sure you follow Neerja.
And here’s the content I’ve been reading, listening to or watching. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read, listen to or watch them all. It’s time to pay attention to the information that matters.
Resources for those struggling with eco-anxiety. Please share with your community.
Finally, more than 100 mini-videos on many topics regarding the multiple crisis’ we face. Feel free to download and use as your own. No credit necessary.
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