Climate Apocalypse talk at Chichester Humanists 15th May 2018

Dr Lynch presented a different way of looking at climate change. Rather than considering the science, he considered how we perceive climate change and what we are prepared to do about it.
He began by considering David Well's article The Uninhabitable Earth, which considers the most extreme scenario and the optimistic view of some climate change scientists that we will find a way to prevent it.
Dr Lynch described the anthropocene period of history in whcih humanity is the dominant force shaping the rest of nature. 1945 is one possible starting point, with the advent of nuclear bomb testing that spread radioactivity around the globe.
He considered the scale and rate of change and its disproportionate effect on undeveloped countries, a kind of environmntal racism, with the biggest culprits being the developed nations.
Rather than seeing climate change as a problem, it should be seen as a symptom of our attachment to things that are self-defeating, with the naive hope that the world will provide because it always has.
Dr Lynch concluded on a pessimistic note: humanity is not willing to change, with the ultimate consequences as described in The Great Leveler by Walter Scheidel: war, revolution, state failure, pandemic, etc.
His talk prompted many questions from an appreciative audience.


Dr Tommy Lynch, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Religion at Chichester University, questions the role of hope in in preventing catastrophic climate

·                            Text Box: Climate Apocalypse


What is climate change?

·                            What are its consequences?

·                            What should we hope for?

·                            What is humanity’s relationship with nature?


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