Tell the Truth!

Tell the Truth!

On the 23rd of June 1988, Al Gore (remember him) invited James Hansen from N.A.S.A. no less, to speak to the U.S. Congress about the unprecedented heat wave sweeping across the Northern Hemisphere. This is a seminal moment in our history. Dr. Hansen told the members of congress that he and his fellow scientists were 99% sure that the record temperatures endured were not a purely natural phenomenon. The heat-wave was partly caused by human activity: The burning of fossil fuels. The speech went viral across the globe. That was the moment the world learnt about ‘global warming.’ From that moment on the campaign to limit the burning of fossil fuels began in earnest. Unfortunately that campaign, for one reason or another, has been a catastrophic failure. In the 20 years since 1989, the amount of CO2 in the sky has not been reduced, it has DOUBLED.

Roger Hallam, one of the founders of Xtinction Rebellion calls the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement “the greatest mass delusion in the history of humanity.” Now why would he go and say a thing like that, just when we were congratulating ourselves on a job well done. Roger called the Paris Climate Accord the greatest delusion in the history of the world because the accord was based on the idea of limiting global temperature rises to either 2 degrees or 1.5 degrees. These numbers were plucked out of a hat. It is common knowledge in academic circles that 2 degrees of global warming is already locked in, a fait acumpli, a scientific fact that cannot be negotiated away. So why don’t we, the poor ignorant peasants, know this fact? Because we have been lied to on a massive scale, that’s why.

Please let me explain. It is not complicated. It is simple arithmetic.

Fact 1: As we all know, the arctic is melting. 75% of the ice has been lost in just 30 years. Soon it will all be gone, but no one is particularly worried about that, unless you feel sorry for the starving polar bears. But it is not just the polar bears that will be affected. When the bright white ice recedes, it exposes dark blue water, so instead of the ice reflecting the suns rays, the sea absorbs them. The same phenomena is happening to all the snow and ice in the world. It is confidently predicted that the full effect of all this melting will be a rise in the global temperature of around 0.7 degrees.

Now, as we all know, the global temperature has already risen about 1.1 degrees since pre-industrial times.

1.1 + .7 = 1.8

Fact 2: The ‘carbon lag.’ Apparently, the co2 in the sky takes a quite a while to transfer into a rise in temperature: from 10 to 20 years or more. It has been estimated that if we stopped all burning of fossil fuels tomorrow, (as if…) the carbon lag would still increase the temp by another 0.7 degrees.

1.8 + .7 = 2.5

Sorry, it gets worse.

Fact 3: Soil carbon. (I bet you hadn’t thought of that)There is a vast amount of carbon trapped in the soil that will be released as the temperature rises, contributing another 1 percent.

2.5 + 1 = 3.5

Not to mention all the co2 we shall continue to emit from now until whenever.

Are we starting to feel a little uncomfortable yet?

So 3.5 degrees is ‘locked in’, and that is a global average. In the middle of continents we are talking about 4degrees hotter. Unfortunately for the human race, it is not possible to grow grain at these temperatures, even if the climate were stable, rather than chaotic, as it already is.

As it turns out, the serious problem of food shortages could arise a whole lot sooner than we might like. Last year was a wild and crazy year: a taster of things to come. Crop harvests plummeted by 20% right across the northern temperate zone, from North America to Eastern Russia. All the scientists got very worried, even the computers were worried, that’s how bad it was. But we didn’t worry, did we? Because we haven’t got a fucking clue what’s going on. If crops fail for 2 more years in a row, we run out of food., and that is scary. It doesn’t take Nostradamus to predict what happens when we can’t grow enough food to feed 8 billion hungry souls. It is called ‘social collapse’, and it is not pretty. ‘Civilization as we know it’ will be replaced with chaos, anarchy, mayhem, starvation and war!

Oh, and did l mention the bushfires raging constantly all over the planet all year round, don’t forget about them. Sure, we are pretty blasé about the droughts and the floods. The cyclones we can take in our stride: Not a problem. The decimation of The Great Barrier Reef, who gives a shit? But bushfires. We worry about bushfires don’t we? Bushfires scare the living daylights out of us.

No wonder the authorities decided not to tell us the truth, we might get upset.

Now, I don’t expect you to take these rather disturbing facts and swallow them whole, without a pinch of salt. I don’t expect you to think this scenario is 100% certain. But since these facts are so dire, if there were only the remotest possibility of this drama playing out, surely every sane member of the human race would do what ever it takes to avoid such a catastrophe.

What   ever   it   takes!

Well, the moment of reckoning is upon us. Will we freeze in panic, or will we rise to the occasion. I say we rise.

Now that we have woken from our slumber, don’t think we are trapped in a nightmare: One of those awful dreams where a dark force is approaching but your limbs refuse to move, your mouth opens but you cannot speak.

This is not one of those dreams.

Yes, 4 degrees may well be ‘locked in,’ so we must unpick the lock. It is absolutely imperative that we cease forthwith, to burn any more fossil fuels. Not one more gram! We have so many things in our lives, surely we can give up just three of them: Coal, oil and gas.

OK, that is the easy bit. Then we must suck all that co2 out of the sky, and lock it up somewhere safe, like in a bank vault or something. A bit like putting the shit back in the cow after it has hit the fan. It could be a messy job, but it has to be done, and it has to be done as fast as is humanly possible. Luckily for us, just about anything is humanly possible. There are billions of us sharing this amazing planet. Literally billions of incredibly creative and resourceful people, with mouths that speak and limbs that move. Surely if we all work together, with enthusiasm, compassion and joy, we can do anything, absolutely anything, even the impossible!

Let’s get cracking, there is no time to lose.

Ben Boyang            7/10/19

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