This post contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War. You’ve been warned!
Pop Quiz: Do you think that overpopulation is one of the greatest environmental threats facing Planet Earth today? Are human beings an inherently destructive species whose growth needs to be kept in check? Do we just need to have fewer humans on this planet in order to restore balance and live more sustainably?
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Photo by Lorie Shaull
Representatives of the world’s nations are meeting in Bonn, Germany on November 6-11, 2017 for the 23rd annual “Conference of the Parties” (COP) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). This annual conference is an opportunity for all of the participating nations to discuss their collective response to the global crisis of anthropogenic (human-caused) global warming.
As government and industry representative gather in Bonn for COP23, now is a good time for those of us who aren’t endowed with great political power or vast material wealth to reflect on the climate crisis and talk to each other about what we’re going to do about it.
My novel, Goodbye Miami, is on sale for 99 cents now through Monday (9/11). 100% of the proceeds of this sale will go to grassroots relief efforts for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Goodbye Miami is the story of an American climate refugee who is displaced by a devastating hurricane that leaves the city of Miami underwater. It takes place in the year 2030. Unfortunately, there are real people in the present day who are already being displaced by hurricanes and wildfires that were made more intense by human-caused climate change.
This novel is part of my ongoing effort to write fiction and poetry that inspires serious thought, discussion, and action in the service of climate justice. Hopefully this sale will help spread the word and raise some funds for grassroots relief efforts.
If you prefer to donate directly to an organization rather than (or in addition to!) buying this novel, please refer to the following list of grassroots relief and recovery options.
Over twenty-eight years have passed since James Hansen’s historic Congressional testimony about anthropogenic global warming. Scientists knew about global warming before then, and further research has greatly improved our understanding of it. But Hansen’s testimony is a clearly identifiable moment in history when both the government and the general public of the United States were informed by the scientific community about the emerging climate crisis.
For the past twenty-eight years, many individuals, groups, and public institutions have sought to take action on this climate crisis. An amazing amount of groundbreaking scientific research has been conducted so that we might better understand climate science in general and global warming in particular. Various social, economic, political, and technical solutions have been proposed. Some of these are being implemented. Others have been attempted but failed or were defeated. Others still have not yet been attempted at all, or have been implemented on too small of a scale to make a difference in global emissions. The end result is that in spite of our best efforts to date, our greenhouse gas emissions are still increasing. Even if all nations meet their Paris Climate Accord pledges, the world will still significantly overshoot the two degrees Celsius goal.
In other words, time’s up!
Only swift and dramatic action can change our course in time to avert the worst of this global catastrophe. How can we mobilize such action before it’s too late?