Despite what the paid for professional climate change deniers keep trying to convince us, climate change is not an academic issue restricted to the lab or think tank. Climate change is playing out in the real world with devastating effects. Here in the west it has come in the form of very hot dry summers that turn our forests into massive bonfires with growing frequency.
This is the current map of wildfires in BC, keep in mind that many fires have been put out already.
In 2009 there were also massive wildfires that covered much of the province, at that time I was living in central Alberta. One summer morning leaving my home I was greeted with smoke so dense it was like dirty fog, it was hard to see 50 feet ahead. I assumed that it was due to brush and grass fires that sometimes occur in the area. It turned out that the fires were in BC and the smoke eventually reached 3,000 miles to cover much of Quebec on the east coast of Canada.
Later that year we could see the high altitude smoke from wildfires in Siberia, this is also a bad year for fire there.
Australia has also experienced catastrophic wildfires in recent years.
This is a global issue, the conditions leading to these massive fires are not limited to one region.
Even if climate change was a purely academic issue the evidence is still overwhelming in support of catastrophic climate change as almost all climate scientists doing valid peer-reviewed research agreeing that it is in fact underway, will continue to worsen and is largely the result of massive fossil fuel use that is continuing unabated despite yet another international agreement to stop emitting billions of tons of carbon dioxide a year.
All this consensus does is confirm what millions of us are experiencing already, whether it’s increases in the frequency and extent of devastating wildfires. Flash flooding, rising sea levels, droughts, massive super-cell systems that spawn unprecedented numbers of tornadoes and more.
It’s all in agreement, the only people who don’t get it are sitting in a boardroom somewhere at Koch Inc. or ExxonMobil and calling up any of a 100 or more front PR firms they’ve set up to discuss the next tactic in how to delay taking any responsibility for what is already a catastrophe for many of us.
We’re being told to get used to having huge parts of this province on fire every summer as the hot dry summers become the norm and get even more extreme as the entire globe continues to heat up.
And the amount of heat being added every second to the Earth’s surface due to the radiative imbalance created by increasing the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide so much so rapidly is huge. It’s equivalent to the heat from 4 Hiroshima sized nuclear bombs. That’s every second of every day until the balance is re-established. The longer we put off phasing out fossil fuels the longer the globe will continue to heat up and the more catastrophic the consequences will be. Impacts that are already catastrophic for millions of people around the Earth.
This isn’t a game, real lives are being destroyed already along with crucial parts of the Earth’s biosphere like coral reef systems. People aren’t disposable and neither is the planet. Despite what the people running the fossil fuel corporations might think and what their paid for mouthpieces might claim.
Anytime someone is trying to claim that climate change isn’t real, it isn’t serious or it isn’t us, think of it as code for, “you are all disposable garbage”. Because that is exactly how we are all being treated by some of the most cynical, self-centered and sociopathic individuals in human history.