What America’s Election Means For The Rest Of The World

You idiots are going to kill us all

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America’s election is like the end of Thelma and Louise (except T&L were cool), and the world is in the trunk

Americans are merely killing themselves with COVID-19 but with climate change they will kill us all. We’re depending on the dumbest people in Pennsylvania for our future, which is infuriating. How dare you.

Americans have tried ignoring medical science, and it has not gone well for them, but ignoring climate science will go badly for everyone. This is seriously on the ballot this Tuesday. Our Earth. Does America want to hit the gas and Thelma and Louise off the climate cliff?

The entire world is stuck, screaming duct-taped in the trunk. All around the world, people will have to watched the rigged board game you call a democracy to see whether we have a future or not. It’s horrifying.

As Bill McKibben says, this election won’t determine the next 4 years, or the next 40. It will determine the next 4,000.

If Trump is reelected we have no hope of reducing catastrophic warming. It will literally be baked in. What this means, specifically, is that my children and grandchildren’s lives will be fucked. Again, how dare you.

Carbon commitments from China, Japan, South Korea and the EU won’t be enough. If America keeps hitting the gas, we’re all doomed. And this is only like issue #40 on your minds. You’re still talking about emails. WTF is wrong with you people? How do we get out of the car?

Let me be clear, climate change will make COVID-19 look like a cakewalk. COVID-19 is one catastrophe. Climate change is all of them. I think about the Spanish Flu often because we completely forgot about it. The rest of the 20th century was so bad that it made that pandemic a footnote. A question on quiz night. That’s what COVID-19 will be compared to climate change. Trivial.

What we are facing in 2020 is a dress rehearsal. It’s a test. Can you listen to basic science, act quickly, and save lives? The entire western world has failed (besides Australasia) and America has lit their desk on fire. In this case the results are bad for them. But if they fail on climate change, the results are ruinous for us all.

Everything you see playing out on this minor, simple science issue will play out a…

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Indrajit (Indi) Samarajiva is a Sri Lankan writer. Follow me at www.indi.ca, or just email me at indi@indi.ca.