I get up at 4 in the morning three days a week to help unhoused people during "sweeps" (when the police fence off a camp and start trashing all their stuff until they move) and I spend every Sunday preparing and serving meals for them. I used to have long conversations with groups of unhoused people when I was in college. I am currently moving towards making it a full time job. I do experience a psychological toll from seeing what happens to these people but it's meaningful work and it makes me happy.

Besides living through summers of unprecedented forest fires in my state, I think probably the best motivational argument you can make for global warming is that geopolitical actors are starting to make decisions based around it. Russia is planning on getting a warm water port, China is juggling eco-friendly policies despite their legitimacy being primarily based around economic growth, and the US military is publishing reports talking about how they're going to deal with it. Humanity may adjust within the current framework, but it will be at the cost of severe social unrest and death. Parts of the world are already becoming uninhabitable. I think it's obviously a stitch in time saves nine situation; ecological collapse is going to make pretty much every other problem way worse.

I personally think the solution is a radical restructuring of the economy and "de-growth". I agree that a lot of the reactions and proposed solutions are clearly misguided. "Ending capitalism" is way too vague a proposition to be meaningful, nuclear power is a lesser evil than fossil fuels, and although the United States and certain other countries make a massively disproportionate contribution to climate change, I'm in favor of investing in clean energy and working collaboratively on solutions everywhere. That being said, I think it makes more sense to put your own house in order before you start pointing the finger at someone else.

I appreciate the encouragement, and I appreciate you spending all this time reading and responding to my work. I am wanting to put more effort into reading intelligent right-wing sources. I am aware that I live in a bit of a bubble.

Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.

Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.