The Last Of Human Freedoms
In this episode of Wine, Women, and Revolution Heather is joined for a second time by author and activist Guy McPherson. You can find his previous appearance the show here
Guy McPherson has been talking about near term human extinction, aerosol masking, and abrupt climate change for years. He rejoins us to talk about how our global corona-virus pandemic might effect the earth.
20% Reduction In Global Emissions
We have all seen the pictures on social media: dolphins in Venice, swans in fountains, and water more blue than we have seen in decades. What does this all mean? Is it a sign the earth is healing? Or could it be a sign of something dangerous. Guy McPherson has concerns. According to the predictions of the aerosol masking effect, as little as a 20% reduction is global emissions could trigger as rapid warming of the planet. As much as 1 degree Celsius in a matter of weeks. This far exceeds what any plant and animals can adjust to. Thankfully, this is all happening in springtime. Which may end up saving us from some of the more devastating effects. Soon though, we might not be as lucky.
Who Do You Want To Be At The End Of The World
That brings the conversation to Guy’s current focus. If we are in the last years on the planet, how do you want to spend those years? He shares a quote by Viktor Frankl.
“The last of the human freedoms: to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. And there were always choices to make. Every day, every hour, offered the opportunity to make a decision, a decision which determined whether you would or would not submit to those powers which threatened to rob you of your very self, your inner freedom; which determined whether or not you become the plaything to circumstance”Viktor Frankl
In concentration camps, Frankl saw people giving their last crumbs of food to others. These were prisoners who really could have any day be their last, and they still shared crumbs.
These stories shaped McPherson’s world view on living grandly and authentically. We are not guaranteed tomorrow, so live for today and do it in a way that’s useful. Heather adds that is these really are our last days or years on the planet, now is the time to end capitalism. Do you want to spend your last moments making money for corporate overlords? Finally they delve into anecdotes about ice cream, firing billionaires into the sun, and our shared human experiences.