It’s true, just like the Deniers say, Global Warming is over … again, and again, and again. Not as often as they claim it is, but pretty often!
As any fool can see climate change ended at least 15 times in the last 150 years, even before it started. I just don’t understand why the Deniers only point to the most recent ending … they like “global warming has ended” so much you’d think they’d want everyone to know about all of them.
Actually this is just an excuse to draw everyone’s attention to Tamino’s great analysis in Western Sizzlin’ where he does a thorough job on the “Golly my toes are cold, screw you Al Gore!” meme that saw a resurgence a couple of weeks ago.
Tamino not only hammers home the two essential facts that:
- Global climate change is about the globe, not a tiny local area
- Climate science is about climate, not weather
but also does an analysis of the very disturbing effects it is having on water availability.
Of course I have talked about this one before, again and again and again, so can we please learn the difference between climate and weather and finally put the “Global Cooling” Myth to sleep? sigh, I guess Deniers don’t read this blog.
Sadly water sources disappearing is not local either, as the BBC reports on “Slow death of Africa’s Lake Chad.” There is nothing “slow” when what was once the world’s sixth largest lake is 80% gone in only five decades. Water overuse is exacerbating the consequences of climate change, but this is still a terrifying harbinger of the world we are entering.
Given that the warming of the Indian is thought to have caused an estimated 15% decrease in rainfall in eastern Africa during the rainy season over the same period, we can expect more climate exacerbated conflicts like Darfur.
Some of my mantras include the fact that climate change is first and foremost about food and water, not flooding, and that it is a social justice issue particularly with respect to race, class and gender. Which is why I am particularly offended by the latest Denier meme, the attempt to co-opt development issues as a form of climate denial.
If you can believe it (and do not already know it), those (incredibly long string of unbelievably vile expletives) are claiming that we must not take action on climate because it will hurt the world’s poor. There is currently a movie in production which promises to be i) as error filled and fraudulent as “The Swindle” was, and ii) not just wrong, but evil.
Above you can see what we have in store for the people of the developing world, war, hunger, poverty and sickness – an issue which I hope to go into much more depth in future posts. Recall the last IPPC report claimed 70 to 200 million people in sub-Saharan Africa were “at risk.” I read that as “as good as dead” and it is indeed how it seems to be playing out.
For the real Developing World opinion on climate I suggest a more credible source than a bunch of self-serving white men, viz:
Indeed it is now suggested that “Half world faces water shortage by 2080.” Children born today could still be alive then. Certainly anyone thinking of having children in the future faces the prospect of bringing them into that world unless we act.
Our leaders are currently meeting in Poznan for UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Frankly I have pretty much zero hope that anything of consequence will come of it.
Blogging from Poznan a Canadian Youth delegate writes “A choice quote from the session: in an impassioned comment, Barbados said they would “refuse to sign a suicide note” that would consign their country, and other vulnerable countries, to massive destruction related to climate change.”
This fight will be “On the Scale of WWII but Longer”, and it is going to require us as individuals to struggle. Struggle not to change light bulbs and buy hybrid cars, but to really struggle. Struggle as the civil rights movement did, as the suffragettes, did, as labour did, as the Chinese democracy movement does. Fight as hard and harder, and longer. The stakes have literally never been higher.
We give our consent every moment that we do not resist.
Denier “Challenge” aka Deathwatch Update: Day 54 … still no evidence.