What If The New Yorker Stopped Pretending On Climate Change

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When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change
— Wayne Dyer

Imagine if after sculpting David, Michelangelo had been berated by the wealthy Medicis who funded him for the mess he made with the shards of marble chips lying all around him on the floor! Imagine if the Medicis made him crawl on all fours cleaning up the mess - using a hammer and chisel! Imagine if they had refused to give him a bucket and a shovel for the clean up work!

This is exactly how the mainstream media is treating the climate and ecological crises. The New Yorker just posted an article by Jonathan Franzen with the byline:

“The climate apocalypse is coming. To prepare for it, we need to admit that we can’t prevent it.”

Just hold on a second! After a tremendous accomplishment and at the cusp of the greatest transformation in human history, should we just throw up our hands and quit?

For the past 12,000 years, humanity had organized effectively to heat up the earth to the point where the earth can never go back into another ice age as long as we are around. That is a tremendous accomplishment. Now that we have achieved something so amazing, we have to choose between two options for the future:

Option A: Transform how we organize our civilization so that we can begin cooling the earth back to its “thermostat setting”, thereby ensuring the health and vitality of the planet and all its inhabitants; Or,

Option B: Don’t change anything and continue to heat up the earth until we bring on the climate apocalypse.

Personally, I’m going with Option A. Civilization is an engineering project, with tools and processes for determining how we go about feeding, clothing, sheltering and occupying ourselves and it badly needs an upgrade. We need to cast aside our false stories (humans are separate from nature - NOT!), barbaric attitudes (animals and nature are here for us - NOT!), antiquated tools (our paper-based, fractional-reserve money system is a 15th century, Gutenberg-era technology) and obsolete decision-making processes (representative democracy was also invented in the horse-and-buggy era) that were all designed for heating up the planet. We can transform our stories, our attitudes and devise new tools and governance structures that are suitable for cooling the planet and stabilizing its climate and temperature for the well-being of all life.

Any engineering project based on marketing and lies will most definitely blow up in our faces as the global industrial civilization is in the process of doing. When we implement the self-evident truth, “All men are created equal” so poorly that we have created the most unequal society in human history, let’s stop pretending that we couldn’t have done any better. When our governments provide our indigenous brothers and sisters with such bad processed foods that they routinely get diabetes at the age of 10, limb amputations at the age of 30, and die before the age of 50, let’s stop pretending that we couldn’t have done any better. When our governments force children to consume dairy products in their school lunches even though a vast majority of our children are lactose intolerant, let’s stop pretending that we couldn’t have done any better. When we burn down forests to grow more unnecessary animal products that sicken us with chronic diseases, let’s stop pretending that we couldn’t have done any better.

We can and will do better. The engineering upgrade will be based on science and the truth, not marketing and lies, and will have the adaptive feedback processes in place for it to be resilient and sustainable. The inexorable rise in the Vegan movement, which the mainstream media including the New Yorker steadfastly ignores, shows us that the necessary attitude upgrade for this historic transformation is already well under way. In 2018, Forbes magazine reported that between 2014 and 2017, the number of Vegans increased by a factor of 7 in the US. At that rate of growth, it will increase by another factor of 7 by 2020, a factor of 49 by 2023 and a factor of 343 by 2026. Therefore, even if we only maintain our current rate of growth and just 0.3% of Americans were Vegan in 2017, 100% would be Vegan by 2026! In such a Vegan world, we can actively reforest about 10 billion acres of land to store the excess carbon in the atmosphere, thereby reversing climate change and biodiversity loss. Shouldn’t we be working on the engineering tool and process upgrade we need to meet this beautiful, new compassionate Vegan World civilization about to be birthed, instead of listening to the doom merchants in the mainstream media?

Please join us at the Vegan World 2026! Conference and let’s get cracking…

Sailesh Rao

Dr. Sailesh Rao is an Electrical Engineer, systems specialist, Climate Healer, author of "Carbon Dharma: The Occupation of Butterflies" and "Carbon Yoga: The Vegan Metamorphosis", and Executive Producer of "The Human Experiment", "Cowspiracy," "What The Health” and “A Prayer for Compassion.