While we sit in our living rooms with the AC jacked and kvetch about the early and oppressive heat of summer we lack the true importance of our experience. It is not about the exorbitant electric bills that follow enormous fluctuation of extreme weather. It is about the preview that we are getting about things to come.
It is easy to not see past the annoyance of extreme weather when one has and can pay for the luxuries that make these things seem like an annoyance. We Americans have no clue how most of the world lives. Most people DO NOT have ac. Just the wealthiest of US and therefore we are shielded from environmental and economic reality and disparity that defines most life on the planet.
We are seeing what GW is beginning to look like in its ugliest in Africa. Drought, famine and suffering of all life is what is occurring whether we chose to look or not. It is simply too damn hot for life as we know it to exist. It is affecting the places the most and fastest where environmental and human rights abuses are normal.
We take away natural barriers that protect life from the elements in pursuit of power and profit. We get an onslaught of environmental catastrophe. It is a simple equation that those empowered to change things still can not seem to grasp.
Africa is far away and therefore easy to ignore the plight of the people, wildlife, and biodiversity. However we risk ignoring it at our detriment like ignoring a very loud ticking time bomb about to go boom. You can stick a pair of expensive noise cancelling headphones on so the explosion won’t get heard but it wont stop your head from getting blown to bits.Amplify’d from www.alternet.orgRead more at www.alternet.org
The Road to Durban: Tracking Global Warming’s Devastating Impact Across the African Continent
For more on the impact of climate change on the African continent and an update on the U.N. Climate Change Conference COP 17 talks, we’re joined in Durban by John Vidal, environment editor for The Guardian. Vidal has just returned from a journey between Africa’s two most industrialized countries — Egypt and South Africa. His route included one of Africa’s poorest nations, Malawi — its newest, Southern Sudan — and its hungriest, Ethiopia. He visited some of the continent’s most remote tribes in Uganda and Kenya, and coastal areas here in South Africa. For all of these countries, the stakes of what comes out of COP 17 are high. “It was a terrifying journey of reality,” says Vidal. “Very little science has been done, but there is absolutely no doubt about the consequences — which are going to be very much hotter temperatures, making it almost impossible to live in many areas, huge effects on the poor people.”By Amy Goodman | Sourced from Democracy Now
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