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Oct. 9th, 2003 | 12:02 am
mood: angryangry

I just read No, California Is Not Falling Into the Sea about why people liked Arnold. Also I was reflecting on the general disinterest in politics which makes me feel even more alienated from humanity as I do try to care.

This is why I care.

Some computer models project that the Arctic ice pack could disappear completely by the year 2050. But at the rate it's going, much of the ice could pull a summertime disappearing act even sooner, in as little as 20 or 30 years.

Think about that for a second. How old are you now? Right now the average person will live to be about 80. So if you're 30 now you'll probably live to see 2050

As the ice melts the climate changes we've been seeing will continue to accelerate, the weather will get more random and harsher. The summers hotter, storms more frequent and more intense, rain patterns will change, snow will be a distant memory. We'll alternate between parched lands and flash floods, our agriculture will fail. Species that can't move quickly will die as their habitats are radically altered.

As the ecosystem boils away around us, humanity will start to die.
Already we're dying by the thousands from the changing weather. As the oil and natural gas runs out our air conditioners will fail, and the sick, the elderly, and the poor will die. Or perhaps the hurricanes will rip our houses from their foundations, while our crops burn in the sun.

And you will be one of them, and you or your friends will die because of the choices we are making today.

The people will be wailing in the street praying to their gods to come and save them, and no one will. There is no great parent who will come and save us. We will die first by the thousands, then by the millions, and perhaps even by the billions.

Perhaps if the smart kids could figure out how to get the popular kids to listen we might escape this fate, but it's pretty fucking unlikely, as neither group trusts the other.

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