:Guy McPherson - Being a Realist 
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Not a Series  Guy McPherson - Being a Realist  The Inconvenient Truth of Human Extinction  
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WZRD Chicago  Events and Speeches  For non-profit use only. 
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Quote from Woody Allen appears on the screen:
"More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly."

McPherson offers in his presentation a history of who knew what and when regarding industrial derived additions to Earths atmosphere and the projected forcing effect on climate. He lists various scientific reports from the past forty years. Unfortunately what was known, along with its prudent application to organizing society, was in conflict with the dominant system, Capitalism, which requires unlimited growth in a finite space.

McPherson catalogs the "official" reports and their projections together with what is known from the geological record, the shift in the Gulf Stream, now carrying warm water into the Arctic ocean, and the relationship of Equatorial-Polar temperature differential to Jet stream formation in building his case that the warming, forecast by the official scientific reports, is not survivable by humans even when limited solely to CO2 increases.

McPherson addresses the subject of methane and other heat trapping gases and the most recent observations of self-reinforcing feed back mechanisms which are increasing in number annually. One of the points he notes is that it has been known
by scientists and policy makers that there is a forty year time lag for the average temperature to reach equilibrium with the CO2 level.

He ends on a positive note, if that can be conceived as possible, given what he is saying. Both he and his observations are attacked and discredited by many academics and people who assert that they 'know' better, but he addresses that as well.

One need only think of the lies of tobacco corporations, the pesticide industry, nuclear power, the Pentagon and their attacks on individuals who exposed them for their crimes. In the news today, again, General Motors, who tried in 1965 to destroy Ralph Nader for exposing it's criminal negligence in covering up faulty car engineering that was killing and maiming thousands of people yearly. GM's new PR campaign, designed to mend damage to their corporate image, now that people can see it's always profit over public safety for them. McPherson refers to a cartoon which could have depicted the annual photo of the BOD of GM, DuPont, Monsanto, Exxon, BP, fill in the Fortune 500, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, depicting eager executives anticipating the gains to be had in the pre-collapse period of the collapse of civilization.

The Q&A has some interesting questions about what to do in the face of potential "despair and utter hopelessness"; "Lives of excellence" and "Lives of love"; make poetry, at a time when it seems least needed, to paraphrase Leon Staff who survived the Warsaw Ghetto.
 
Professor Guy McPherson 
Notes: Credits:
Guy McPherson is Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona and author of several books including "Walking Away from Empire: A Personal Journey," "The Planner's Guide to Natural Resource Conservation: The Science of Land Development Beyond the Metropolitan Fringe," and " Living with Fire: Fire Ecology and Policy for the Twenty-first Century."

McPherson maintains a website at: http://guymcpherson.com/ 
System Change Not Climate Change
MultiCulti
Southeast Environmental Task Force
 
Topics
Environment | Politics and Activism | History | Philosophy | Pollution | Mental Health | Environmental Activism | The Pentagon  
 
 
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