Last Born In The Wilderness In this segment of our discussion with investigative journalist and author Dahr Jamail, Rob Seimetz and I ask Dahr to elaborate on his work in exploring the dire consequences of human-caused climate disruption, including his on-the-ground research into the rapid and accelerating impacts of climate disruption in some of the most dramatically affected places on Earth. Dahr — having met a diverse set of scientists and researchers all over the world engaged in their own direct research into the impacts of climate disruption in their own respective fields — gets into the deeply felt sorrow, anger, and grief that he, and many of the scientists he interviewed for this book, are feeling in the face of the unfolding mass extinction currently underway as a result of human-caused climate disruption and ecological collapse. We discuss the enormous difficulty of adequately responding to this information, both on a personal level, and on a wider collective level, particularly within the context of an oligarchic corporate capitalist system that puts the continuation of “business as usual” above everything else.
More than anything, this discussion with Rob and Dahr is about acceptance — acceptance of the predicament we find ourselves in, as well as the tragic and sacred duty we have as conscious beings to learn to say good-bye these places and beings that are disappearing as a result of human industrial culture and its centuries long impact on the planet’s living systems. Within that space of acceptance, we can proceed into our uncertain future with maturity, purpose, and clarity.
Dahr Jamail, a Truthout staff reporter, is the author of ‘The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption.’ Dahr reported from Iraq for more than a year, as well as from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Turkey over the last 10 years, and has won the Izzy Award and the Martha Gellhorn Award for Investigative Journalism, among other awards. He lives and works in Washington State.
Learn more about ‘The End of Ice’ and purchase a copy from The New Press: bit.ly/TheEndOfIce
This episode was jointly produced with Rob Seimetz for his show Moving Forward on The Progressive Radio Network. Follow his work here: movingforwardprn.podbean.com
This is a segment of episode #171 of Last Born In The Wilderness “The End Of Ice: Bearing Witness In The Path Of Climate Disruption w/ Dahr Jamail.”
PLANET ALERT: GLOBAL INSECT DECLINE
research reviews in Australia & China document 30-year drop.
insect populations declined by a staggering 2.5% a year.
primary causes are pesticides, agriculture & habitat loss.
report authors call for radical and immediate action:
"...overhauling existing agricultural methods... seriously reduce use of pesticides, substitute sustainable, ecological practices."
"...unless we change ways to produce food, insects will go down toward extinction in a few decades,
"...such events can't be ignored, and should prompt decisive action to avert a catastrophic collapse of nature's ecosystems."
such honest, bold & blunt research can't happen in America,
the global source of most pesticides, fertilizers, chemical methods, agriculture technology & soil destruction.
any such research in the US is defunded. debated & denied.
Strong prayers for all the Innocents of the world. Greed has overtaken the hearts of so many and brought so much destruction and loss to our once Sacred Earth. The awakened have witnessed so much over the decades. So many voice rise up through the dark to help lead the way, yet those who seek wealth are destroying the world around us much faster than our voices travel. Governments have made our voices much harder to hear. We must keep speaking up, because our voices are all the Innocents have. And our prayers must go out to those who are guided only by greed, that the Sacred awakens within them. These are the tools of the Rainbow Warriors Speak the truth, prayers for strength and protection and faith in a power greater than man's greed. May all awaken to the Sacred that connects all life, for generations past, present and the many yet to come. And may the innocent be protected once more! So Be It ...