Buildings engulfed in flames as a wildfire
ravages the central Oregon town of Talent
You haven’t seen anything yet
Measuring climate change in parts per million or tenths of degrees is useful scientifically. But the lived experience of climate change is one of crisis. Humans have an amazing capacity to adapt, but what the past week alone has shown us is that climate change at 1 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels is already pushing us to the limit. The world is on track for more than 3 degrees Celsius of heating. In other words, if you think this looks bad, you haven’t seen anything.
Nibbling around the edge
The idea that we can work on incremental fixes to the systems in place is a fallacy. Nibbling around the edge on climate policy, whether it’s decarbonization or better municipal regulations to stave off fire, is worthless in the face of a hotter, more deadly world. We need to overhaul every single thing—and we need to join together to collectively force entrenched powers to abandon the destructive status quo.
Brain Kahn, Managing Editor, Earther