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Author Topic: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️  (Read 91311 times)

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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #1965 on: October 29, 2019, 09:18:16 am »


If you haven't been in the blackout zones, where I spent much of my weekend (climate benefit aside), it's like this: no traffic lights. No gas stations. No stores. No schools. No internet. Not a lot of options for recharging what wasn't charged. It is shut down. People can't work or go to school or run their businesses. The stars were beautiful last night in the darkness but I am sure people are feeling isolated and distressed and concerned about what's next in the short term and the long. The billions lost by people whose lives were put on freeze because of an antiquated evil corporation and its outdated, unmaintained grid and a growing climate catastrophe hasn't been estimated, but it's huge, to reduce what is productive and creative and socially beneficial work to dollars.

I was fine at a house with headlights and solar lights and a gas stove, but the no communications but my phone losing its charge wasn't fun. I'm back in the city, but getting up this morning to the brown horizon, the smell o smoke, and the two helicoptors near overhead: I thought, this is a war, and then I thought, nature finally pushed back. Most of the north bay and a lot of east bay is shut down and there was a traffic jam of people pouring into the city at midmorning. To San Francisco where everything works, since we don't have wildfires (because we barely have anything wild). The winds are due to start up again tomorrow. photo h/t Mary Diaz, who is an evacuee (and who did fantastic work in 2017 with fire evacuees). Many people who were severely traumatized in 2017 and who in some cases were still rebuilding or had recently rebuilt are among the evacuees.

It's so clear we're not adequately prepared for this. I don't even know where the 180,000 (official figure) Sonoma County evacuees went and mass evacuations by car, Southern California reminded us, leads to traffic jams, which when gas is hard to come by is also a mess. I heard someone on the radio (in my car, coming back to SF) saying they're getting emergency alerts that are just links that, without a smart phone you can't follow up on and also some cell towers are out, and not a lot of people (except me and your grandma) still have land lines.

We are the seventh largest economy in the world. We are also a disaster zone. This is climate chaos. This can't be the new normal. This is why I did a benefit for climate action and data last night. This is why I'll keep working on it.

--Rebecca Solnit


 

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