(Truthdig) -- In 2017, Chris Hedges wrote about American society’s refusal to confront climate change and sea rise. Now, in a month when a hurricane flooded parts of Louisiana and other states and when the Mississippi and some other rivers were at menacing levels, Truthdig reposts that Sept. 10, 2017, column. A new article by Hedges will appear Aug. 12 after he returns from vacation.
How many times will we rebuild Florida’s cities, Houston, coastal New Jersey, New Orleans and other population centers ravaged by storms lethally intensified by global warming? At what point, surveying the devastation and knowing more is inevitable, will we walk away, leaving behind vast coastal dead zones? Will we retreat even further into magical thinking to cope with the fury we have unleashed from the natural world? Or will we respond rationally and radically alter our relationship to this earth that gives us life?
Civilizations over the past 6,000 years have unfailingly squandered their futures through acts of colossal stupidity and hubris. We are probably not an exception.
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