The apocalypse is coming! All the scientists agree!
And it won’t be caused by Jesus; it’s the fault of you and me!
As we stomp our carbon footprints, and we foul the fetid air
The apocalypse is coming… but we mostly do not care.
We were running out of oil, till we figured how to frack
Now we pump it under pressure till the bedrock starts to crack
And a new map shows the earthquakes, where they never used to hit
But it’s only Oklahoma, so we do not give a shit
We see ocean levels rising, at accelerating speed
In Miami, we must worry; in Wyoming, what’s the need?
In the not-too-distant future, watch as neighborhoods are drowned…
But the future is the future, so let’s pour another round
Now the whole world is connected via internet today
And your friends might live next door to you, or half a world away
We can make a meme go viral, with some twenty million views
We could care about each other, but that isn’t what we choose
We could utilize technology, this wonder that we’ve built
To address our pressing problems—ah, but people hate the guilt
The apocalypse is coming, but right now I’m doing fine,
So I’ll watch another video, and maybe drink some wine
There are people working day and night to help, but all the while,
There are those who make a living through a message of denial
It’s a deadly game of chicken with the world itself at stake
And to fail to act, this time, might be the last mistake we make.
It’s too horrible to contemplate; too terrible to think!
Analysis? Paralysis! Just have another drink!
If we just ignore it long enough, the problem goes away,
And the message always changes, that the “experts” have to say.
The apocalypse is coming, as I’m sure we’re all aware—
The apocalypse is coming, and we proudly do not care.
The apocalypse is coming, and perhaps it’s just as well…
The apocalypse is coming, and I’ll see you all in Hell.
This may well be the most depressing thing I’ve ever posted. And I posted about my brother’s death.
Last week, we saw the official (it had been hinted at earlier) publication of this paper, which strongly suggests (my reading) that our worst-case scenarios are not nearly bad enough, that climate change models that have been telling us we are screwed in the long term should be telling us we are screwed in the fairly short term. We saw the new US Geological Survey maps showing us the new earthquake zones… in Oklahoma and Texas, not California.
The shit is hitting the fan. The honeywagon (I am an Ohio boy; the honeywagon is a massive manure spreader) is hitting the hydroturbine. All the bad news is turning out to be worse than expected.
And (because I do what I tell everyone not to do, and read the comments) we, collectively, do not care.
Some of us actively do not care. We (I’m not gonna go with “they”, because this is a problem with all of us) put on our “skeptical” hats and say the gubmint scientists are all shills, that Talk Radio tells the truth, or we say the market will magically fix everything, or we say god made us a promise, or we just say “oh, that’s terrible” and look at more cat videos, or argue about politics, or pretend Trump is a thing.
Some of us care, or claim to, and do nothing. Or very little. Because we are out of cinnamon, and the supermarket is 20 minutes away if we walk. Or because it’s 65 degrees inside, and if I don’t turn the heat on, I have to put on a sweater.
Or a million other things, half of which I am guilty of myself. And no one is guilty of all of them. And there are no out-and-out bad guys and good guys, but somehow I end up using many multiples of the resources some other people use. Because I am writing this on a laptop, in a house with a TV and lights and a furnace for when it gets cold.
And so, yes, climate change is my fault. And it is changing the world. And our future is likely to be very different from what we were hoping it would be. Because of our actions, and our failures to act.
And those of us (I am being hopeful here) who witness the decades unfold will see the changes we have determined, and will likely ask ourselves “why didn’t we…?”
And we will ask this in a world much changed from our current world. Changed by us. Changed, I fear, for the worse. In our lifetimes. And not in a small way.
So, yeah…. religion aside… see you in hell.
*oh… as an aside…. suppose some of us (hey, I’m trying!) actively work to make a difference, and we actually *do* make a difference! What is our reward? The people who have been saying “there is no problem” get to point to the lack of devastation and say “see? we were right!”. If, because our worst predictions get people to act, our worst predictions fail to come true, our success sows the seeds of our failure.