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Just as with the Copernican revolution, or the establishment of modern democratic states, or the idea of equality between men and women, the stories of landmark moments and decisive victories can overshadow the slower pace of cultural adaptation. On fundamental issues of belief, human societies may require a century or more to truly change.
That’s a particular problem when disasters approach in a matter of decades — in a sense, the timeline is both too slow and too quick for our cultures to handle.
“The problem with climate change is the scale,” Magnason said.
“A leader of a nation has never talked about the surface of the ocean or how he is melting glaciers [before]. Moses parted the Red Sea and we remember that still. But that was just for a day or two! … Elements that humans thought were a symbol of eternity … these extreme forces that we believed were beyond us, now we see we’re damaging that.”https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/why-this-icelandic-writer-says-99-of-climate-talk-is-meaningless-white-noise-1.6060620
It’s a difficult day, as more people realize just how little time we have to reduce pollution. How can we stop our society from hitting the ice berg, when we’ve been scraping it for over a century already? It could be another century before we’ve got our bearings about where we’re at just now. Good thing we’ll have preserved shareholder value in the fossil fuel industry for another few years, that will make so much sense if people get to look back on what we accomplished.
A solution has to start with people who accept there is a problem being in charge of implementing solutions. Right now we have maniacs and morons in charge in some places like Saskatchewan, the UK, and nearly any political jurisdiction, who’ll happily claim they aren’t climate crisis Deniers because they’ve pollution reduction strategies squarely aimed at 2050. Here’s a clue geniuses, #MathIsHard because 2021 plus 5.5 years is 2026. Have a plan that is on its way to working by 2025, or…