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(ewieeoiiely(mif youre younger than sixty, you have a good
chance of witnessing the radical destabilization of life on earth—
massive crop failures, apocalyptic fires, imploding economies,
hundreds of millions of refugees fleeing
made uninhabitable by extreme heat or permanent drought. If
you're under thirty, you're all but guaranteed to witness it.
If you care about the planet, and about the people and animals
who live on it, there are two ways to think about this. You can
keep on hoping that catastrophe is preventable, and feel ever
more frustrated or enraged by the world’s inaction. Or you can
accept that disaster is coming, and begin to rethink what it means
to have hope.
Even at this late date, expressions of unrealistic hope continue to
abound. Hardly a day seems to pass without my reading that it’s
time to “roll up our sleeves” and “save the planet”; that the
problem of climate change can be “solved” if we summon the
collective will. Although this message was probably still true in
1988, when the science became fully clear, we’ve emitted as much
Eisesleyjo)sloulemer-taoyeyesin the past thirty years as we did in the
iprevious two centuries of industrialization. The facts have
changed, but somehow the message stays the same.
@paranoid @OCRbot Yeah, we're looking at a future none of us are prepared for. Right now is what we have and we need to not only educate ourselves for a lot of different possible outcomes, but we also need to remember that we can alter some of our possible circumstances by planning mutual aid and building possible services we may soon need. Things like keeping a copy of your important documents on a jump drive, learning how to read a map, or just learning another language are going to be extremely important skills in the future.
@paranoid Things are going to get bad. We need to cultivate the skills and hope we need to help everyone, ourselves included, to get through it. We cannot loose hope. We have to cultivate it even in the worst of times in order to build a better future.
@RadioAngel oh i agree. things are already unreal
I got mosquito bites in seattle this summer
I cannot express how surreal that is.
seattle doesn't (well, used to not) get mosquitoes. no one here would know what to do with a mosquito-related outbreak
Living next to multiple rivers i can tell you... Mosquitos are going to carry zika, West Nile, malaria, dengue fever, equine encephalitis, and it's possible that localized mosquito bourne illnesses pop up as well. The good news is that most of the time the amount of people that will actually catch these is small. The bad news is you never know who will be the one to get it. Best thing to do in is avoid bites with bug sprays or crushed lemon balm rubbed into the skin and always make sure stagnant water sources are drained to prevent them breeding.
a private mastadon instance to experiment with