So here we are: more than 3 decades after the Cold War has ended, and it’s back on the forefront thanks to direct nuclear threats from Russia’s psychopathic dictator. The situation is worrying, because we are dealing with a typical megalomaniac who would rather see the entire world destroyed than submit to defeat. All they care about is themselves. Believe me, they honestly don’t care about any human or other life form. What are we to do?
Well, the question is more about what we haven’t done, should have done, and not only with respect to dangerous authoritarian war-mongering regimes. I wish the problem was just Putin, but it’s not. You see, we’ve already nuked this planet, in so many ways, over and over and over to the point where we ourselves cannot see through the muddy waters of the toxic cesspool that this civilisation has become.
The climate crisis has permanently damaged the planet’s thermostat beyond repair. The level of damage is such that, it is the equivalent of the difference between leaving the fridge door open for a few seconds, and smashing the fridge to pieces. Good luck putting it back together. Our civilisation was already on a path to self-destruction, but a nuclear winter would definitely be the equivalent of the patient suddenly flat-lining while the nurse is away.
You see, the climate apocalypse and nuclear apocalypse are one and the same thing. Both are caused by the malaise of Money: our addiction to growth and consumption prevents us from lowering our emissions. Similarly, Russia’s greed (whether for Ukraine’s wheat production or corrupt money) and Europe’s addiction to energy needed for its lavish lifestyle, mean that humans will do anything to prevent losing money. They are willing to kill the planet, lose their own freedom, or nuke everyone in all directions so that some type of dystopian, Mad Max capitalism still thrives on the scraps of charred bodies and toasted natural resources that remain. Good luck, I’m out.
George is an author, researcher, podcast host, chemist, molecular biologist and food scientist. You can follow him on Twitter @99blackbaloons , listen to his Spotify podcast George reads George, sign up for blog alerts below, or enjoy his books