Pamir Kiciman 2017 (text and image)
With this image I'm starting new expressions of conveying humanity's causal, negative impact on the biosphere, with a focus on climate change, though not exclusively.
I dedicate this image to all who are suffering the ravages of recent hurricanes and other natural disasters.
I live in South Florida. My first hurricane was Andrew (1992) which changed the conversation about hurricanes. Specifically to my county, 2005's Hurricane Wilma was a major event. It came months after Hurricane Katrina, so no one heard about it. We just skirted Hurricane Irma and even though it wasn't a direct hit to this coast, three weeks later there's still no normalcy in many neighborhoods.
I'm motivated to write this not because of hurricanes (although being a veteran of them, they are very serious events), but because of climate change.
Forget that there's climate science denial. Forget that some say we still have a smidgen of a chance to mitigate it. Forget all that.
If you've read anything on this issue facing humanity, you've have heard of climate refugees—those who have to abandon homelands because of catastrophic flooding, other habitat loss and conditions unable to sustain human life.
Until very recently and even now this is still spoken of as an event in the future. Fact is, climate refugees are here today! Right now.
It has already been reported that tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans will be settling in Florida, and in other population centers of the diaspora in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
Scientific American has this: Puerto Ricans Could Be Newest U.S. Climate Refugees. Notice it says, newest: "The displaced islanders, thousands of whom were awaiting flights yesterday from San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín airport, might be among the nation’s newest 'climate refugees,' a demographic that includes former residents of southernmost Louisiana and the shrinking islands of Alaska’s Bering Strait."
It's remarkable that there have been so many weather events this summer, that Hurricane Harvey and it's landfall in Texas, then the massive flooding in Houston isn't even covered in the news anymore.
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
You know what else isn't in the news? The islands of the tropics that were hit by Irma and some again by Maria (or it hit new ones). I saw Rep. Stacy Plaskett (U.S. Virgin Islands) making the case for the territories. Soon after Irma there was a little coverage of the French territories being addressed faster than the British Virgin Islands. That's about it though.
Remember Barbuda and Dominica got destroyed too. Let's also not forget the earthquake in Mexico City.
Trump's not going to get woke to climate change! Neither are the many deniers in leadership positions.
We can debate till the cows come home if the intensity of this summer is human caused.
We can go on about how local and federal officials are more inept and unprepared than could be imagined, after the lessons of Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina were supposedly learned. Summer 2017 has exposed that!
What's important is for everyone to accept that there's no way seven billion humans on the planet, consuming the way we do will not throw off ecological balance and disturb nature.
It will take all seven billion of us to band together and work with the Earth cooperatively and caringly, to get to the other side of a looming event that could well be the closest we've gotten to mass extinction.
For my previous two entries about my own experiences with Hurricane Irma see the following:
Announcing I was in Irma's path.
Post-Irma Mood (image) with some comments from people here,
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