“The Uninhabitable Earth” Provides a Heavy Dose of Reality

David Wallace-Wells of New York Magazine wrote an article earlier this month titled, The Uninhabitable Earth, that brings vague anxieties about climate change into clear focus. The link to the annotated version of this article is highly recommended as it reveals a clear path from the scientific evidence to Wallace-Wells’ assertions of the enormity of forthcoming global challenges as the Earth’s temperature rises.

 

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Larsen C Iceberg Breaks Free While Climate Activists Say #ExxonKnew

The 2017 Buffalo Humanities Festival spotlight speaker, Bill McKibben, is an environmental activist and writer. He is the founder of 350.org which, among its various campaigns and actions, is currently seeking to hold Exxon Mobile accountable for its denial of climate change using the hashtag, #ExxonKnew. This carries new weight now that a huge iceberg called the Larsen C has broken free from an Antarctic ice shelf. A 350.org press release dated July 10th reads, “Over ten thousand people around the world are calling for the Larsen C Iceberg to be renamed the ‘#ExxonKnew Iceberg.'”

The full press release can be found at https://350.org/media/

Read more about the impact of Larsen C here: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40321674

McKibben Contemplates What We Can Still Glean from the Writings of Henry David Thoreau

Bill McKibben, the 2017 Buffalo Humanities Festival Spotlight Speaker, contemplates the significance of Henry David Thoreau’s book, Walden, on the author’s 200th birthday.

“What nature provides is scale and context, ways to figure out who and how big we are and what we want. It provides silence, solitude, darkness: the rarest commodities we know. It provides reality, in place of the endless electronic mirages and illusions that we consider the miracle of our moment.”

Read the rest of McKibben’s article by following this link, What Would Thoreau Think of Climate Change?

 

image: Thoreau’s quote near his cabin site, Walden Pond.

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