It’s time – to begin the conversation we’ve avoided; the discussion that sensible communicators condemn; to end the self-imposed censorship; that which cannot be said must be spoken; we will overshoot planetary boundaries; we have ushered in a new geologic age.
De rerum natura;
We will overshoot the 2 degree limit.
A plain without a feature, bare and brown
Average temperatures may rise by 5c by century’s end.
No blade of grass, no sign of neighborhood
We’re seeing a rapid escalation in extreme weather events.
I sat upon the shore; Fishing, with the arid plain behind me
Food and water security will be compromised.
The real world is outrunning our models
Sea level rise may increase by 2-3 feet by 2100.
Climate change is an engineering problem
More people will die over the coming century then should.
A problem from Hell
Our media report climate catastrophes as isolated incidents – a typhoon off the coast of China; a drought in the US; the Arctic’s death spiral.
– a gaze blank and pitiless as the sun
Note: why write this, and not a blog post or essay? Because I believe enough has been said by too many people, both well intentioned and by those wishing to deceive. Because we have talked ourselves into catastrophe. And now that we are here, it is time to discuss the geography of this brave new world. There needs to be a different conversation: the one about the world of 2 degrees+.
Don’t fret readers, WtD will not turn into a platform for bad poetry – normal blogging services will resume. I could think of no other way to say: “Stop messaging, and start truth telling”.