The rope whose weave defines our fate

The Revenge of Gaia
“Like the Norns in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, we are at the end of our tether, and the rope, whose weave defines our fate, is about to break.”
-James Lovelock, The Revenge of Gaia

Yesterday the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change released its much anticipated and unsurprising report on what used to be called global warming. According to the Christian Science Monitor, the report states in unequivocal terms that the climate has warmed globally and that human activity is very likely to be driving the change.

The Bush Administration (also unsurprisingly) acted quickly to urge “global discussion” which I believe is doublespeak for “stick our heads deeper in the sand and try to make a few more bucks before the whole thing craps out on us”. The Administration also voiced concern that we can’t do anything without endangering our economy (perhaps its not as robust as billed?).

Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman warned against “unintended consequences” – including job losses – that he said might result if the government requires economy-wide caps on carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.

“There is a concern within this administration, which I support, that the imposition of a carbon cap in this country would – may – lead to the transfer of jobs and industry abroad (to nations) that do not have such a carbon cap,” Bodman said. (Denver Post)

So, in conclusion, the US plans to do nothing until everyone else does. Or until we melt. Brilliant.

I found the above photo by Nuno Leitao in the Global Climate Change Pool on Flickr. It is titled The Revenge of Gaia and the photographer is trying to use it to raise awareness on this issue, so click over and get aware. In addition to the above quotation and a bunch of great links and information on climate warming (hey, I kind of like that phrasing), there is this telling passage:

Ominous clouds sit and wait over our future, and we must all act now before it is too late. We don’t need to go back to the middle ages to change the pace of climate change, we simply have to make conscientious decisions on our daily lives and vote with our wallets. No one will make these decisions for us.

I think this post is part one of two…

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2 thoughts on “The rope whose weave defines our fate

  1. ripismoney says:

    Certainly the United States needs to make more of an effort to help slow global warming, something it cannot do until its leadership finally accepts the fact that the planet is the warmest it has been in millions of years, and that this fact is mainly because of fossil fuel burning. Really there has been enough scientific evidence for this for years — does that spewing of exhaust and smoke from our beloved fuels look that organic to you? Deforestation is also extremely overlooked as a cause of this warming effect. Hopefully the rest of those who have the power to make changes wake up and smell the coffee before the entire east coast is under water…

  2. farlane says:

    Amen. It’s a bad time to be asleep.

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