Is that you don’t know where they are until you pass them.
There has been a lot of talk these last few weeks and months about the Climate Crisis in which we find ourselves. Ever since that IPCC report, lots more people are like, “We gotta DO something!”
Now, some of us have seen this shit storm coming. Some of us have been trying to tell y’all we might want to think about doing something… But some of you are just realizing how truly catastrophic a situation we are in and that it’s only getting more dire more quickly than perhaps anyone anticipated. And it’s hard for me to comprehend HOW it’s taken you this long. But you are light years ahead of the Climate Deniers. Special kind of stupidtacular to have a belief system that humans aren’t impacting the planet. I mean, there’s A LOT of us here!!
Everyone has started talking about the many signs, the many concerns, and lots of people are mentioning Tipping Points.
From our friends at Merriam-Webster A tipping point is the critical point in a situation, process, or system beyond which a significant and often unstoppable effect or change takes place.
Another way of looking at this is what we have here. On the upside of a Tipping Point, you’re working real hard to get to the top. But once you hit that Tipping Point, you better hope no one is in the way on the other side cause it’s going to completion fast.
Dan thinks we’re about where the “Snowball” is. I like to think we’re somewhere past the Tipping Point but still behind the arrowhead. He predicts that, until something REALLY BIG happens, most of the people aren’t truly going to realize how little time we may have left. Everyone seems to simply keep living how they’re living, not giving much thought to climate crises until they hear about a whole town being destroyed by fire or a giant hurricane hits with millions of dollars in damages. Or until Miami goes underwater. Or Manhattan. Or Orlando. Yeah, I think it’s gonna take Orlando for a few folks. Or maybe some major heat wave that kills tens of thousands (of white people – yeah, for most of them it’s gonna have to be white people before they really believe it’s an issue).
The trouble with Tipping Points, is that you don’t know where they are until you pass them. And then you better hope you can manage the ride over the edge cause it’s often big, fast, and unstoppable. Sometimes when we hear people talking about the changes they are going to make, we’re like, “There’s no time for that! We gotta think sooner, like yesterday.”
It seems like the current political powers that be, in large part, are completely out of touch with the urgency. Dan likes to say, “They see the writing on the wall and are like, ‘heck, we’re going over a cliff… we might as well floor it and see how far we can fly before we crash.'” The current Republican president thinks gas and oil development of our entire country is a welcome business venture. Meanwhile, we’re fighting to stop a new Tar Sands pipeline here in Northern Minnesota.
I will be happy if I’m proven wrong but I do seriously think that in another decade we will be living on a very different planet than the one on which we live today.