You gotta feel sorry for these guys — they’re miserable

“It is now universally recognized [!] within science that humanity is confronting the prospect — if we do not soon change course — of a planetary ecological collapse. … [T]he global ecological crisis [is] becoming more and more severe, with the time in which to address it fast running out … This tragic failure, I will argue, can be attributed to the refusal of the powers that be to address the roots of the ecological problem in capitalist production and the resulting necessity of ecological and social revolution. …

When we speak today of the world ecological crisis, however, we are referring to something that could turn out to be final, i.e., there is a high probability, if we do not quickly change course, of a terminal crisis — a death of the whole anthropocene, the period of human dominance of the planet. Human actions are generating environmental changes that threaten the extermination of most species on the planet, along with civilization, and conceivably our own species as well.

What makes the current ecological situation so serious is that climate change, arising from human-generated increases in greenhouse gas emissions, is not occurring gradually and in a linear process, but is undergoing a dangerous acceleration, pointing to sudden shifts in the state of the earth system. We can therefore speak, to quote James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and the world’s most famous climate scientist, of “tipping points…fed by amplifying feedbacks.”” “Why Ecological Revolution?


2 Responses to “You gotta feel sorry for these guys — they’re miserable”

  1. Robbie Verdon Says:

    Yes, Foster is exploiting alleged 'climate change' for political ends through a kind of left-wing version of moral panic. That may be called cynicism, except that he probably believes it too.As a socialist myself I abhor this Limbaughisation of the Left. Of course, it is not exactly new, but recalls the rants of Paul and Ann Ehrlich in the 1960s & 70s. While I think capitalism may indeed cause serious ecological problems, the question of global warming is far from settled.

  2. papertiger Says:

    Dr. Spengler: There's something very important I forgot to tell you. Dr. Venkman: What? Dr. Spengler: Don't cross the streams. Dr. Venkman: Why? Dr. Spengler: It would be bad. Dr. Venkman: I'm fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, "bad"? Dr. Spengler: Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light. Dr Stantz: Total protonic reversal. Dr. Venkman: Right. That's bad. Okay. All right. Important safety tip. Thanks, Egon.

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