Time for Climate Change

In the article, Plastic Thoughts on Disasters, Karen Holmberg discusses the reality of people’s choices and their effects on our climate. The climate challenge clearly has limitations. Although there is increasingly effort in the right direction, there is much damage already been done with more occurring daily. The People’s Climate March occurred in New York with somewhere between 310,000 and 400,000 people participating which shows the importance of the event. It is incredible to see the amount of people that came together trying to make a difference in the world. An interesting point made in the article is that the people were asked to form six groups that were as follows; “frontline, generational, environmental, protest, science, and miscellaneous.” The event was about fighting for better ways to improve our climate and prevent disastrous effects but people were put into categories for seemingly no reason.

Holmberg uses the eruption of Krakatau to highlight his position. She showed how the march had similarities to the event of Krakatau. A volcano erupted in Krakatau revealing the mass of convenience/comfort items left behind. A major climate problem is that “local practices of comfort reveal themselves as global problems.” People everywhere use unnecessary items and dispose of them improperly which is what has led us to where we are. She makes the point of how plastic was left at the march as well as found at the eruption site. It is going to be a long battle to start improving our actions knowing that it is impossible to reverse the damage already done. Holmberg ends with an important idea that in the future, climate related disaster will affect living bodies instead of just dead ones in the past. This is a truly scary concept because as seen in the Krakatau eruption, what we waste and dispose of has created massive climate problems and is continuing to do so. If people do not truly start changing major practices individually and on a global-scale, our plight will only get worse.

http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2015/03/30/plastic-thoughts-on-disasters/

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