The moon rose red over the Mojave last night, and smoke was in the wind at all hours.
We are looking at massive die-off of pines in the Sierra Nevada--from beetles, but beetles enabled by a shifting climate among trees weakened by drought. When the top of the watershed has burned or been devoured, flood, drought, fire, and sterility will follow predictably in the watersheds to either side. And then, of course, things will continue to get hotter for other reasons. The process must accelerate for a time because of actions already taken.
Enough of the boiling frog thing, no?
Within the vast and alienated world of the actions that we call political, each of us may reach only a small part. This would not be so bad were enough persons to take enough actions: we do have plenty of humans; and, for the most part, we are not doing anything particularly useful or vital. There's no real need to allow the hills and valleys in California to die, and surely the same must be true for all sorts of parallel events elsewhere.
The large agricultural businesses are probably committed to their own demise by the usual processes of capitalist business, which does not count itself as a Ponzi scheme if somewhere within the folds of its apparatus it offers some paying customer some identifiable product, however imaginary.
The state and federal and mostly local governments, never clean, have now been hijacked by oil-arms-drugs-finance racketeers, so they pitch forward into a catastrophe now predictable in its grossly large outlines, all parts of a single panopticon system vying with itself for control with little perspective on its trajectory as a whole, its entire society and universe dismissed as externality.
We do not altogether have to follow, despite the coercions behind money and law. However, since the problem is large and the individual actions that may be taken quite small in comparison, since these actions must be taken up by many people who are waiting for others to bother, since these actions are yet unimagined by many and fairly novel to most of those involved, we had better get with this.
Let's hold the water here, spread it, soak it, put roots in the ground, talk, and work out the means to reject the goods and services trucked from thousands of miles away, to ignore the jobs that benefit no one. Let's get to the real work. We have to fix this at every scale.