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Aug
31

Does anyone still have hope?

If yes, what is it that gives it to you?

The sad truth is that there’s no guarantee against heartbreak, in this or anything else. It looks like things are going to get bad, possibly really bad, even within my children’s lifetimes. The decisions we’re making today will reverberate for centuries, and so far we’re blowing it.

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Hope and fellowship
Climate change is so dire and social change is so slow. Is there any hope?

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  1. risa bear
    risa bear says:

    I don't think I do, yet it doesn't seem to depress or debilitate me. I think I have a cheery day-to-day disposition, s'all.

  2. Richard Harlos
    Richard Harlos says:

    One of the greatest inhibitions of my own sense of hope isn't so much a lack of fellowship at all, rather a lack of fellowship over all.

    When the dam's cracking under pressure, it's comforting when most people care enough to acknowledge, and then to act in accordance with their acknowledgment. In contrast, I find no comfort in a hypothetical case where less than, oh, say 5% of the townspeople (who were presented with the facts of the dam's imminent rupture) actually show up to see what can be done.

    It's that latter scenario, numerically speaking, that I perceive across society today: yes, some 'get it', but too few to offer any expectation of a positive outcome from their minority initiative.

    So then, for me, it's not just a case of fellowship with some that would inspire my own sense of hope; it's a case of fellowship with many/most that I think would do it.

    Barring that many/most context (even while acknowledging the article's point about chaos theory and the historical non-linearity of change), I agree that it's important to err on the side of doing rather than waiting-to-see. It's just that, for me, the absence of many/most is a rather discouraging reality that's hard to push through.

  3. Adam Johnson
    Adam Johnson says:

    I do, and for pretty much the reasons that David Roberts writes about. Big change is not gradual. It happens quickly and is usually pretty hard to predict. That obviously cuts both ways, but the hope that I hold on to is that enough people will take enough of the steps to be enough of a difference.

    It's kind of the positive spin to the point that +Richard Harlos makes – if the 5% of the townspeople who showed up to look at the dam were all civil engineers, then you'd be pretty comforted. The right people would have the right motivation to take the right steps. 

    Plus, having hope that this particular action you take (whatever that might be) can make a real difference is far more motivating than pessimism about the effectiveness of any action.

  4. John Poteet
    John Poteet says:

    I have hope but it's a sick hope. At some point in the next 20 or 30 years an entire city of a million or more people will die en-masse due to a climate change attributed event. The rest of the people on the planet will then panic and climate change denial after that will result in very bad things. 

    Any number of scenarios could end with this result. A very large hurricane could hit Miami head on. A coastal city could have a heat wave plus power outage where wet bulb temperatures exceed 40º C. No air conditioning at those temperatures and people will die in hours. There can be a flood due to an extreme rain event. A wildfire could sweep a city during a heat event.

    Any of these scenarios only requires that conditions just be a little bit worse than those already observed somewhere. If people in Oklahoma can be convinced to worry about Sharia law they can be convinced that climate change is more dangerous and important than driving. 

    It's just a matter of time.

  5. Edward Morbius
    Edward Morbius says:

    I traded in my hope for a good sense of humor and of the absurd a long time ago.  Two-for-one deal.

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