|The immediacy of totality in Salem - via Twitter|
Here's a citation from 1896, and a trade publication clip from 1912.
|The Influence of Carbonic Acid|
in the Air upon Temperature
by Svante Arrhenius in 1896
|CO2 effects known in 1912|
"we've been talking about climate change for a long time"
So far the modeling's predictions have been arriving mainly as predicted, in broad outline and within a margin of error. It's not as precise or as dramatic as the predictions for the eclipse. And the psychology is totally different. Instead of something direct, a discrete and immediately visible event that arrives to the minute, we suffer indirect consequences that unfold over days, months, or years: The intensification and greater frequency of hurricanes, drier summers and more wildfires, the recession of glaciers and mountain meadows. But though they aren't as immediate, you go down the list and the predictions have been generally reliable and true.
And yet none of us basically had any direct sensory experience to make us think the eclipse would happen. We had to trust the observations and math of scientists. It might as well have been magic.
By contrast, we do have personal experience of hotter, drier summers and of decreasing snowpack levels in the mountains. We can also see pictures of catastrophic flooding. We have available to use more direct evidence of climate disruption than we do of a future eclipse. Going by a kind of crude, personal empiricism, claims for climate disruption should be more trust-worthy than claims for a future eclipse.
Alas, we take climate science and its predictions far less seriously than we did astronomy and its predictions for eclipse. And if pre-modern societies were mistaken when they thought eclipse presaged apocalypse, our modern sensibility makes the opposite mistake, discounting climate disruption's severity in no small part because it seems too distant or vast.
We need to change all that.
a forum on "Climate Action Plans."
SpeakersIt'll be downstairs in the Anderson Rooms at the Library on Saturday the 9th at 2pm.
Kitty Piercy, Former Mayor of Eugene
Linda Lovett, Corvallis Climate Action Task Force
Cities and towns across the county have adopted Climate Action Plans to focus their efforts and set goals to create greener and healthier cities, increase transportation options and reduce carbon and other air pollution.
We are honored to present Kitty Piercy and Linda Lovett who have been instrumental in shaping climate action plans in Eugene and Corvallis respectively. Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett will introduce Ms. Piercy. Salem Ward 2 Councilor Tom Andersen will give an update on climate action progress at the Salem City Council.
If our Electeds and public servants thought it prudent to buy eclipse glasses based on the assurances of scientists, they should think even more about a carbon tax and a local plan to minimize future emissions and to adapt to what we've already set in motion.