‘Sleep walking into catastrophe’
I'm quoted in the New Daily in an article called "Hot March breaks temperature records"
University of Canberra’s Professor Colin Butler, a researcher on the social impact of climate change, said he was dismayed by the stream of broken temperature records, as he had tried and failed to warn of the problem for 25 years.
“It’s accelerating faster than most conservative scientists expected,” Prof Butler told The New Daily.
“I’ve almost given up. What can you do?”
The expert predicted global “social collapse” through war, sea level rise and population displacement within 50 years if the problem persisted. He pointed to the Syrian civil war and mass migration in western Africa as examples of this potentially climate-caused conflict.
“If we keep going the way we’re going, I don’t know if we’re going to have civilisation in 50 years,” Prof Butler said.
“I don’t think there’s any point keeping my thoughts to myself or burying them in journal articles.”
I would modify this mainly to say: the Syrian civil war and mass migration in western Africa are examples of this climate-aggravated effects. This is not an example of so called environmental determinism.
In 2014 I became the first Australian contributor to the IPCC to be arrested over the issue of climate change; even that has had little effect. Mainstream media largely ignored it.
The late Frank Fenner, also shared these concerns. His work was so well-known that Tony Abbott knew his name. When Frank did speak like this he was sometimes dismissed as being senile.
Prof Andy Pitman, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science. at UNSW is quoted in the same article as saying "world governments must react as if the planet was being invaded to prevent further harm.",
Unfortunately A D Hope's line "If from deserts prophets come." now has to be amended to "Its of deserts that prophets have come." Cracking the armor of Cognitive Dissonance is a real problem. The magnitude of the problem brings the behaviour of Cult followers to mind. The believers go up the mountain to await the prophesied appearance of their deity or some rapture at the end of the world.
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