Climate Change Forum


Climate Change Forum

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Up coming forums:

  • September: Lolly presenter, “Uninhabitable Planet” and Heinberg’s response Are we Doomed?” “The Planet Is Warming. And It’s Okay to Be Afraid”
  • October: Dick presenter, Magdoff and Williams CREATING AN ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY: TOWARD A REVOLUTIONARY TRANSFORMATION
  • November: Chris Balos, Marshallese poet
  • December: Jeanne, “Subsistence Perspective

September 3

Three articles to be discussed in the upcoming Climate Change Forum on Sunday, September 3, at the Fayetteville Library are “The Uninhabitable Earth” by David Wallace-Wells, appearing in the New York Magazine, July 9, 2017, “Are We Doomed?” by Richard Heinberg, published in Resilience July 27, 2017, and “The Planet Is Warming, and It’s Okay to be Afraid,” by Margaret Klein Salamon, appearing in Common Dreams, July 17, 2017. These are some of the most current ideas on climate change and what can be done about it. Wallace-Wells presents the well-known and scientifically accepted catastrophic viewpoint of sea level rise, ocean acidification, economic crash, rising global temperatures, drought, forest fires, insufficient potable water, inability to grow food for ever-increasing world population, climate plagues, refugees, unbreathable air, perpetual war. He states, “But no matter how well-informed you are, you are surely not alarmed enough.”

Margaret Klein Salamon responds to what to many may be Wallace-Wells alarmist point of view by saying this is the way to come to terms with the climate crisis. Salamon is a clinical psychologist and the founder of Climate Mobilization, a group calling for a WWII response. This organization has proposed “The Leap Manifesto” which will be discussed.

Heinberg, a well-known energy expert, leader of Post-Carbon Institute and frequent writer for Resilience ezine, responds to doomsday, saying yes, there will be a different future, but we can prepare for it through renewables, reducing energy usage, growing resilient communities, reducing population and resource consumption. But “our current ‘normal’ way of life is toast.” We can have a controlled crash. “Are we doing enough? If ‘Enough’ means ‘enough to avert a system crash,’ then the answer is no…The question should be, What can we do…”

Come to the Library Sunday afternoon to discuss what we can do.

New York magazine, The Uninhabitable Earth: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/07/climate-change-earth-too-hot-for-humans.html (And if you want to see a version with footnotes look for the link below the article’s title.

Heinberg, Are We Doomed? Let’s Have a Conversation: http://www.resilience.org/stories/2017-07-27/are-we-doomed-lets-have-a-conversation/

The Planet Is Warming. And It’s Okay to Be Afraid