Written By: - Date published: 2:32 pm, December 12th, 2013 - 42 comments
Categories: capitalism, Economy, Environment, Ethics, global warming, political alternatives, quality of life, sustainability, vision - Tags: AGW, choice, responsibility
You have a choice to make. Since you live in a society, apparently guided by ideas of personal responsibility and choices, making a choice and acting on it should be second nature by now. Anyway, you should made the decision a few years back and acted on it by now. But I’ll bet you haven’t.
I’ll bet you’ve treated the most far reaching decision you will have to make as some type of intellectual exercise. I’ll bet you’ve settled for winning arguments as though that was actually doing anything and then carried on living your life much as you did before. And I’ll bet you’ve justified your inaction by looking at yourself, thinking only about yourself and making it all about yourself – as defined through some impoverished orthodox lens of what it takes or means to be a good person or a successful person or a responsible person. And then (still betting here), I’ll bet that you’ve had the gall to feel anger and hypocritically call on others (ie, leaders of various stripes) to do something – all the while using their inaction to further justify personally doing nothing or not a lot.
So, lets recap some very recent history. At Warsaw, governments of the world agreed to draw up targets for reducing carbon emissions by 2015. Meaning that although Annex 1 countries (NZ is an Annex 1 country) have to reduce carbon by about 10% year on year from now, or before now to deliver a 50/50 chance of holding global warming below an arbitrary, unscientific and not particularly safe 2 degrees C, emissions of carbon will continue rising until at least 2015.
In 2015 in Paris there will be mere proposals. Then there will be discussions and feet dragging and all types of bollocks and bullshit. And 2015 is way too late. By 2015 any window of opportunity to avoid global warming of 2 degrees C + will be gone. By 2015 a future of global warming above 2 degrees C will be locked in. (Then talk will be a bit like discussing how to miss the ground while the cliff top recedes above us – ie, fucked up and futile nonsense about avoiding warming of 3 degrees C+ or 4 degrees C+…)
So this is your choice. Keep on chasing the dollar to pay your mortgage or rent, your HP payments or the purchase of that next ‘must have’ item. And fly in those planes and drive those cars to get yourself to the best place to run after those dollars or to get away for a break from chasing those dollars.
Or just fucking stop. Don’t fly. Don’t drive. Fuck the job and the endless running. And then cross your fingers and hope things pan out while you get busy forging and developing new ways of living.
Shit choice, innit?
Either one, give up everything you’ve worked towards and based your life around in terms of accumulation and self worth – give it all up today and get a mere 50/50 chance of a viable future; one that allows you to build a reasonably stable life worth living. Or two, lose everything that you’re currently trying to hang on to and augment…alongside things like food security, water infrastructures, electricity infrastructures and so on… in a world of 2, 3 or 4 degrees C warming – or more…even much more if likely runaway feedback loops kick in at some point along the way.