I feel that the book lends itself to a single approach based on the idea’s that are more grounded within the idea’s of Scientific Marxism than they are grounded within the idea of Marxism as a whole. The line” it is not credit with any good deed, but it is held responsible for all harms.” told me alot about how we can see the author’s rhetoric in a general regard than i would’ve expected to hear if i would’ve read the same idea repeated but based on different matter’s of discussion. (P.G 11) ” And the problem is our aggressiveness, our relentless attack on nature.” While this line does stand true, the problem arises when we haven’t considered alternatives or we have simply failed to consider the current state of matter’s in regard’s to what direction capitalism now currently moves towards. I feel that his approach as an author is more in line with punk rock musicians who comment on political matter’s yet fail to consider alternatives that an individual politician maybe left with however, here he refer’s to extremist movement’s towards directing ourselves away from our “relentless attack on nature”. Yes, it stands true that we as human’s have not considered the damage capitalism has wrought upon our planet for a while, however we need to turn capitalism into a deal where we find ways to find monetary opportunities within the environment.
I found this book to be somewhat difficult to read, it took me reading over it a couple times to (hopefully) grasp what Buckner was trying to point at. The obvious philosophical writing style made it a little difficult for me to enjoy but I still found his perspective to be interesting. There were things I agreed with, and there were things I didn’t but all in all it made me think.
- “The involuntary humor of apocalyptic discourse resides in its tendency to neuter everything: trying to persuade us o planetary chaos, it incorporates our possible death into everyday blandness. It would like to wake us up, and instead it put us to sleep.” (51)
I can agree with what Buckner is saying here. With the “end of the world” or the disappearing of the rainforests, or dying coral reefs, or worsened natural disasters, or what have you constantly being at the forefront of everything it almost normalizes the entire thing. It desensitizes people to the severity of it because they hear it all the time and may not always be actually seeing the ramifications of global warming day to day.
- “Worse yet: new problems keep sprouting, like the heads of the legendary Hydra. Hardly have we dealt with one focus of pain before another springs up, making our efforts seem ridiculous.”
It almost seems futile to even try and combat climate change when every day it seems like new issues are arising. Its overwhelming and frustrating to feel like no matter what you do nothing will change. Despite the fact that I try to live as much of an eco-conscious life I can (I know there is so much more I could do), its hard to know that if massive amounts of effort is put forth from major corporations, the rich, and the government, then nothing will actually change. (I know this is a really pessimistic viewpoint but I’m feel 😦 today so) I know a lot of small acts can change things too but its still frustrating.
I didn’t really enjoy reading this book, but I typically don’t enjoy many books that aren’t written like a novel and have descriptions that I can visualize in my head. I found myself having to re-read several paragraphs or sentences because I was getting distracted.
One little passage on page 32 stuck out to me: “[C]limbing stairs instead of taking the elevator, becoming vegetarians, riding bicycles — anything that gives us the illusion of acting. Let’s be clear: a cosmic calamity is not going to be averted by eating vegetables and sorting our rubbish.”
How very true! It gave me a bit of a laugh. However, I think that doing these little things can help slow down a calamity, especially because such activities often have a domino effect; one person starts doing it, a few of their friends start doing it, and a few of their friends start doing it. On the other hand, I think Bruckner is cherry-picking a bit here. There are so many other efforts going on in the world on a larger scale to help undo human damage to the environment and to help protect the environment from further damage.
I think Bruckner is right about the semi-recent idolization of nature and the “religion” of ecology that has evolved over the past decades. I’ll be a little critical here and say that I know a lot of people who claim to be environmentalists, but really aren’t. They’ll have tree hugger bumper stickers and the like, but either not really do anything to help the environment or don’t actually keep up to date on current events and climate science. I love nature, but I don’t worship it. As a Christian, I worship the God who made nature. My faith teaches that we should be stewards of the environment and care for it, as it is our home and it provides for us, and is also the home of other creations of God. I’ll be a little critical of Christianity too (though not as critical as Bruckner was in some passages): A heck ton of Christians do a crappy job of being stewards to the environment.
I digress. The book meandered from topic to topic and didn’t feel particularly cohesive to me. A few things here and there I agreed with, a few things here and there I disagreed with. I also would challenge Bruckner to offer up his solutions to the climate/environment problem instead of just arguing that humans need to address the issues democratically rather than preaching catastrophe. Others may disagree, and I look forward to hearing what those who enjoyed the book have to say.
“Ultimately, the catastrophe has already taken place; it began as soon as primitive humans invented the first tools and moved away from Being (pg. 42).”
This book is beefy with detail and subtleties — I think it would take a second or third read to truly glean all that one can from Bruckner. It certainly got me thinking about a lot of weird things, like the voluntary human extinction movement, Muir was a racist, folks who prepare for the apocalypse, the way that environmentalism has been constructed (we need to question it, obviously), etc. The book does what I think it means to do — provoke, and to do so with ferocity.
I chose to include the first quote because it totally rocked my world. The thing that has accelerated the “evolution”, advancement of humans as a species is precisely the thing that has removed us from nature and effectively enabled us to destroy it. Tools are built from Earth’s resources, and so the more we build — the more we advance — the more we kill our host. Shit is Whack bro.
New Study Measures How Much of Coral Nutrition Comes From Hunting
A new study involving analyzing the presence of different types of amino acids have given scientists new information about coral nutrition. Originally, it was understood that most of a coral’s nutrition came from microscopic algae that live inside of the coral. This study found that corals use their tentacles that have stinging cells to hunt for small prey like shrimp more than was previously thought. This can help coral during times of global warming because when global temperatures rise, the corals bleach themselves by expelling the algae in response to the stressor. This typically ends in the coral starving to death. If the coral is able to hunt a lot before or after bleaching it can then survive off of it’s fat stores while getting readjusted to water temperatures when they cool back down. This can improve and increase coral survival during times of global temperatures rising. Now, scientists must continue their research to better understand their eating patterns, what they eat, and how much. This will help us to understand why corals survive better in some places as opposed to others.
This book was very interesting and informative. It was sometimes hard to digest with the way it was worded, but it just needed to be reread a few times. It really makes you delve into why you think the way you do and how that effects your actions. A lot of really good points are made with how people are getting desensitized towards issues because we hear it so much and it gets overwhelming or just so normal we don’t care as much.
The book goes into a lot of different topics touching a lot of different religions and their beliefs. There is a lot of explaining why and how and how it’ll make things worse. Talking about our fears and how horror movies bring our fears to life in a more tangible way that we enjoy. However, I really don’t feel any better or motivated after reading the book. It gives a great explanation but not so much a plan of action.
As we all are well aware there is ozone and there is ozone depletion due to warming of the planet and release of chemicals that harm the ozone. For many years the thinning of the ozone has been a topic of conversation in the world of scientists, activists and even in school topics recently, however, this article gives some good news.
The article first states that the area that sees the most thinning, aka the “hole in the ozone” experiences a good degree of variability from year to year; September 2017, beyond 20 million square km, September 2018 10 million sq km and this past week the area of deep thinning covers just over 5 million sq km. Although there is variability it is safe to say that over the last three years we have seen a decrease in the deep thinning.
However, this article states that scientists have found the “losses began earlier than normal this year, but they were truncated by a sudden warming event that lifted temperature in the stratosphere by 20-30 degrees – destabilizing the ozone destroying process”. Engelen says that the small size that was seen earlier last week is encouraging, but also warns against complacency and should be viewed as an anomaly and to find out more of what caused it.
It is encouraging to see this, but should also raise eyebrows and questions as to why.