McKibben: The World Speeds Up—and We Slow Down

This week, we need to remind ourselves how the novel temperatures now being experienced are affecting the planet itself. The earth won’t simply keel over and die like a human being might, but it is now changing in substantial ways in real time. One would think that changes in the planet’s climate would take a very long time and changes in human opinion and action could happen fast. One would think that sentience would be an aid. But, instead, it appears that we are slow and that nature—supercharged by our carbon—is fast as hell. Since the climate crisis isn’t going to slow down, our only option is to speed up.

Bill McKibben. New Yorker. June 30, 2021.

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