“Canadian Permafrost Thaws 70 Years Early”

This is the title of Matthew Green’s article in Reuters, June 18, 2019, attached below.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-permafrost/scientists-amazed-as-canadian-permafrost-thaws-70-years-early-idUSKCN1TJ1XN

“Thawing permafrost is one of the tipping points for climate breakdown and it’s happening before our very eyes,” said Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director of Greenpeace International. “This premature thawing is another clear signal that we must decarbonize our economies, and immediately.”

The reason that this is devastating is that there is methane under the permafrost.  It is a highly concentrated greenhouse gas, and it will be released as the permafrost thaws.  This will warm the planet even more.

And, these types of articles come every other day.

Yes, it is scary.  We are here . . . climate emergency is here.  The planet is a big place.  The warming has changed slowly, as have the ramifications of that warming.  But, now, things are a bit more noticeable . . .  and, we still go about our lives as if everything is normal . . . but it is not.

A friend is going to Berkeley at the end of June, and San Francisco was 103 degrees a week ago.  Unbelievable!  Here in the Midwest, it has rained so much that the farmers are just planting or will not be planting because it is too late.

Yes, sea levels will rise, and people will have to move.  But the biggest threat to our survival is that when it is too hot or there is too much rain, it threatens our food source.  If you really want to worry about this climate emergency, worry about how we are going to grow food or if we will be able to.

But . . . there is hope.  Because of the global climate movement that happened to converge this year with the Sunrise Movement, Greta Thunberg, Extinction Rebellion, the global student strikes, Ende Gelaende, Our Children’s Trust, and all the other groups, many that we have not heard of yet, they are all working tirelessly to save our planet.

And . . . I can’t believe how many times I have mentioned some of these groups, and friends have never heard of them.

Well, they know them now!

We are all working for a Green New Deal or some plan that will drastically change the way we live to turn climate change around.  Scientists say we have to leave 80 percent of the fossil fuels in the ground now.  Think about that for a moment.  Think about what that means and how our way of life will be altered.

It could be a very good thing.  It could actually slow us down . . . and bring us together.

Personally, I don’t care what it costs.  There is money to be had.  Look at everything that is subsidized and our military budget.  Forget what type of economy . . . or if we even have an economy when the dust settles.  Our survival is at stake.

Let’s just get this done . . . and now.

And, what is in our way?  A bunch of billionaires that can’t possibly spend all the money they have.  I say take all of your marbles and go home.

As the Cree Indian proverb says, “Only when the last tree has died, and the last river been poisoned, and the last fish been caught, will we realize we cannot eat money.

 

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