the climate strike

I love to visit Kottke. I find the subjects the site author writes about fascinating, and the writing to be consistently excellent to top notch. Today he decided to go on strike over global warming (I refuse to use the less threatening phrase “climate change” because global warming is the root of all our climate woes, and it’s a phrase foisted upon us by the right, when they’re not busy trying to deny it’s happening). That’s nice.

I can appreciate the power of a strike action, but only if you’re physically in the strike and manning the picket lines and doing whatever else is necessary to make the strike meaningful and successful. Putting up a special page and only serving that page over a 24 hour period is nice, but in the end, it will achieve very little. As Bill Gates said about fossil fuel divestment, these “strikes” are a ‘false solution.’

I keep reading one article after another documenting the whole-sale slaughter of life on earth, from birds to salmon and beyond. What we need are real solutions, and I don’t mean more tech piled on tech. I do mean making a serious effort finding solutions to save out planet and how we do it. We’re lazy; we want a solution to fix all our problems without any consequences, so we can keep on doing what we’ve been doing, business as usual. We can’t do that anymore. We never could.

dorian moves on

This is my last Dorian-related post. We had a lot of wind last night, and rain most of the evening, but little in the way of accumulation, perhaps all of two inches so far. Dorian is doing far more damage along the Florida coast, but not as much if it had come ashore. And did I mention how slow Dorian’s moving? Compare this screen capture with yesterdays, or further, look at the National Hurricane Center’s forecast tracking maps and see just how off all of them have been with regards to where Dorian was forecast to be, especially today? Late last week it was forecast to be all the way up the east coast of the US. Instead it hasn’t even passed by Jacksonville yet. And its overall wind speeds have dropped it down to a category two, if not a category one, hurricane. So we can be thankful for that.

Now begins the long repair and rebuilding down in the Grand Bahama and Great Abaco islands.