May 3, 2014
“We are warming, and that comes with consequences. By the way, Earth will survive this. People say ‘save the Earth.’ No, don’t worry about Earth. Earth will be here long after we have rendered ourselves extinct.” Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
From all the various articles I’ve read and all the videos I’ve watched this week, this quote from Neil deGrasse Tyson, speaking about climate change, stuck in my brain – especially that last sentence. Earth will be here long after we have rendered ourselves extinct. And I think it grabbed me and wouldn’t let go because it states, so succinctly, two facts we are going to have to come to grips with, now, if we have any chance of surviving climate change as a species.
Fact number 1: Climate change won’t destroy the earth. What climate change will destroy is an earth that is habitable for US (and probably most life).
Fact number 2: We are rendering ourselves extinct. Climate change is not just something that is happening to us; climate change is something that is happening because of us.
And nature doesn’t care one whit whether we survive it or not. We can blame other people/big corporations/the legislators/other countries; we can disbelieve, pooh-pooh, or deny the science. It doesn’t matter. It’s happening. What’s happened so far is irreversible and we will have to live with those and worsening consequences for decades – even if we stop our dumping of CO2 today. The longer we dump that extra carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the worse even those worsening consequences will be – including human extinction.
That’s how it is, folks. Business As Usual is over, either way. What, if anything, remains now depends on whether or not we and our leaders can pull ourselves away from the craps table before the family fortune is gone.
Well, we’re finally having fairly normal weather for this time of year, so I’m going out to check the garden and start getting the beds ready for transplanting in a couple of weeks.