Elizabeth Kolbert: An Honest Conversation About Climate Change Is Needed in Wake of Irma & Harvey

What do you do if you’re a climate scientist and global leaders won’t listen to you? The public knows it’s happening. Journalists know too. We all do.

It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster on planet earth in the next hundred years, let alone in the next thousand or million,” Stephen Hawking says at the digital forum the Big Think.

“Anyway you look at it climate change is really bad news,” VICE News — an international news organization created by and for a connected generation – reports.

Politicians, policy makers, and the public also know about the nefarious activities of global corporations as far back as the 1980’s to cover up the impact of their industries on climate change.

We know that scientists are convinced that the warming of the oceans due to climate change is unstoppable.

We know it is worse than we thought.

We know that our prosperity is in peril unless we shift from a wasteful world.

And yet, scientists are completely stymied by recalcitrant politicians – nearly all in the U.S. and similarly in the U.K. – to act quickly to mitigate the damage that has been done by the way humans are maladaptively taught to live on the planet.

Climate change has become an existential risk. While Trump is recalcitrant and willfully refuses to address the impact of climate change on human societies, people like Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Elizabeth Kolbert are doing it for him. Hope is in the voices, like the voice of Kolbert that rings out loud and clear for everyone in U.S. Society to hear. Democracy Now! speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Elizabeth Kolbert staff writer at The New Yorker and Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.

At least four people have died and nearly 6 million people are without power in Florida, after Hurricane Irma made landfall on Sunday on the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane. The storm also flooded the streets of downtown Miami, turning the city’s main strip, Brickell Avenue, into a three-foot-high raging river. Its arrival sparked one of the largest mass evacuations in U.S. history, with nearly 7 million people ordered to leave their homes. We speak to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Elizabeth Kolbert.

About Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1999. Previously, she worked at the New York Times, where she wrote the Metro Matters column; from 1988 to 1991, she was the paper’s Albany bureau chief, and, from 1992 to 1997, she was a political and media reporter, and also a contributor to the Times Magazine, where she wrote on subjects ranging from the use of focus groups in elections to the New York water supply.

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