Guy McPherson: Extreme Climate Change, Transition Towns, and Near-Term Human Extinction

How long do we, as a species, have left on this planet?

It may be a lot less time than you may had previously thought, according to today's guest.

Guy McPherson, the leading authority on abrupt climate change and near-term human extinction, predicts that we, collectively, have reached the tipping point that has lead the human population careening towards the sixth great extinction of our planet.

So what're we to do?

Guy's answers range from mailing your local congressmen... to dynamiting cell phone towers—all in the name of dismantling industrial civilization, which Guy believes, is the root cause of many of our modern ills—including, but no limited to—abrupt climate change.

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Love it or hate it...

In today’s episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why we should take action but be unattached to the outcome,
  • Why we as a species are driving ourselves towards a sixth mass extinction,
  • The solutions we can take on a local level to extend our time here on Earth,
  • And much, much more... 

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Episode Breakdown

  • Guy gives a statement to President Trump about climate change
  • Why Guy believes being unattached to an outcome is not only important but necessary
  • Guy gives solid examples of self-reenforcing feedback loops
  • Guy shares his perspective on why he doesn't like to attach himself to outcomes
  • Why Guy believes civilization has become an omnicidal heat-engine
  • Guy defines anarchy and anarchism as described by Edward Abbey
  • Guy describes how conservation biologists like himself are the ones who pushed the efforts of rewilding into mainstream media
  • Guy argues that the trigger for humans and civilization came when people began to "lock up the food"
  • What's the difference between the leavers versus the takers?
  • Guy shares his experience with living in a transition town in the wilds of New Mexico
  • Guy tells us what steps we might need to take in order to live more harmoniously with the humans and nonhumans of this earth
  • Why we need to escape cityscapes
  • Why Guy says there are no parties that are free from environmental damage
  • Why we focus on making money instead of building skills
  • Guy describes what a holistic human-being is and how we've been distracted 
  • Guy shares his biggest challenges when making his own transition in New Mexico
  • Why modern culture can drive us away from interpersonal intimacy
  • Why Guys says we're "all about the money"
  • Guy observes how profoundly driven humans are for material possessions
  • The sixth mass extinction
  • Guy briefly explains the Great Dying
  • Why Guy believes we shouldn't blame or shame anyone into taking action
  • Why Guy says the sixth mass extinction is directly rooted in industrial civilization
  • Why The Jason Group believes that the Earth will be a lifeless planet in the not-so-distant future
  • Guy gives two examples of taking direct action against industrial civilization 
  • Deep Green Resistance and Idle No More
  • The best excuse in the world not to take action
  • Why Guy believes there should be no "should"
  • The Seventh Generation Principle

Questions I Ask 

  1. “How you would, again, tell our new president exactly what's happening with climate change?"
  2. "Would you mind going through a couple of the ones [positive/negative feedback loops] we might be familiar with?"
  3. "I know you have a very unique perspective on the word hope. Maybe you'd like to share your perspective on that?"
  4. "In some circles you might be known as an eco-terrorist. And maybe to your own accord, depending on how that's defined. Could you define that for us?"
  5. "What made us so successful, exactly, as humans pre-agriculture/pre-civilization?"
  6. "What are transition towns?"
  7. "If we're to move forward and we want to live harmoniously with the other lifeforms present on this earth, how would you have us do that?
  8. "What were some of the biggest challenges that you found trying to make this transition for yourself?"
  9. "I find that it's less the physical skills that we need to learn and it's more of the emotional skills that we need to adapt to these days, as far as what our culture has done to us. Do you have anything to say about that?" 
  10. "Is that it?"
  11. "Is there any action that we could possibly take that might extend this longer than let's say 20, 50, 60 years down the line?" 
  12. "What could we do as an individual on a local level?"
  13. "What are a couple steps that you think we should be taking that might help us along this path?"

Mentioned Resources

Quote Highlight

"I'm a fan of taking the actions while remaining unattached to the outcome of those actions because we can't predict with certainty what the future holds, so let's do the right thing, regardless."  Guy McPherson

Who is Guy McPherson?

Guy McPherson is an energetic speaker and talented moderator. Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona, his classrooms were under surveillance by the United States government no later than 2005. He has been labeled an anarchist and eco-terrorist by senior members of the Obama administration. He readily pleads guilty to the former and probably also the latter, depending upon how it is defined.

McPherson has appeared before countless audiences to speak about the two primary consequences of our fossil-fuel addiction: global climate change and energy decline. Because these phenomena impact every aspect of life on Earth, his talks reach a wide variety of audiences such as universities, associations, nonprofits, and numerous educational and scientific symposia and conferences.

Guy taught and conducted research for twenty award-winning years. His scholarly work, which has for many years focused on conservation of biological diversity, has produced more than a dozen books and hundreds of articles.

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Music Credit:

It's The End of the World As We Know It by R.E.M.

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