In this segment of our discussion with investigative journalist and author Dahr Jamail, Rob Seimetz and I ask Dahr to elaborate on his work in exploring the dire consequences of human-caused climate disruption, including his on-the-ground research into the rapid and accelerating impacts of climate disruption in some of the most dramatically affected places on Earth. Dahr — having met a diverse set of scientists and researchers all over the world engaged in their own direct research into the impacts of climate disruption in their own respective fields — gets into the deeply felt sorrow, anger, and grief that he, and many of the scientists he interviewed for this book, are feeling in the face of the unfolding mass extinction currently underway as a result of human-caused climate disruption and ecological collapse. We discuss the enormous difficulty of adequately responding to this information, both on a personal level, and on a wider collective level, particularly within the context of an oligarchic corporate capitalist system that puts the continuation of “business as usual” above everything else.
More than anything, this discussion with Rob and Dahr is about acceptance — acceptance of the predicament we find ourselves in, as well as the tragic and sacred duty we have as conscious beings to learn to say good-bye these places and beings that are disappearing as a result of human industrial culture and its centuries long impact on the planet’s living systems. Within that space of acceptance, we can proceed into our uncertain future with maturity, purpose, and clarity. Dahr Jamail, a Truthout staff reporter, is the author of ‘The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption.’ Dahr reported from Iraq for more than a year, as well as from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Turkey over the last 10 years, and has won the Izzy Award and the Martha Gellhorn Award for Investigative Journalism, among other awards. He lives and works in Washington State.
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This episode was jointly produced with Rob Seimetz for his show Moving Forward on PRN. Follow his work here: https://movingforwardprn.podbean.com
This is a segment of episode #171 of Last Born In The Wilderness “The End Of Ice: Bearing Witness In The Path Of Climate Disruption w/ Dahr Jamail.”
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