Monday, December 29, 2014

Parts 1 and 2 - semi-humorus (yet serious) YIDDISH GUIDE TO CLIMATE CHANGE , part 2

A Yiddish Guide to Climate Change - PART 2 
 
AND ....PART 1 ..original ...went viral.....is here:
 
 

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A Yiddish guide to climate change

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Editor’s note: Dan Bloom often uses humor to try to make a point about serious issues such as climate change and global warming. Here he mines a few treasured Yiddish words and phrases to write an oped about the problems humankind faces.

By Dan Bloom
Danny Bloom
Danny Bloom
CHIAYI CITY, Taiwan — Look, we have only one “drerd” (Earth) and look what we are doing to it! It’s truly “farkarkte” (messed up, literally “shitty”) what we have done to our home planet.
So yes, we need to ”kvetch” (complain) and kvetch loudly — and together and unison — all in the family, one ”mishpoche” (“family) on Earth, one people, one race, one Earth, one chance to get it right.

We need to speak directly to our world leaders and politicians who are not doing enough to avert a possibly unspeakable tragedy in the next 500 years. Maybe sooner. ”Oi gevalt!” (”oh no!”)

”Oi vey!” (oh such pain!)

”Oi vay iz mir!” (”Woe is us!”)

Catch my drift? I am a ”luftmensch” (man with his head in the clouds) and I must speak out. The world has become too materialistic and “ongeshtopt” (over-stuffed with money, which is short for “ongeshtopf mit gelt” — over-stuffed with money, as “gelt” means money). Given the levels of co2 now on our planet, measured at 400 parts per million now, an all-time record in human history, we need to downsize our lives, cut down drastically on our co2 emissions not just in Manhattan but worldwide — this is a major global emergency, so help me God! — and we need to “unstuff” ourselves. ASAP.
Am I right or am I wrong?
It’s a real “shande” (a disgrace, a scandal) what we are doing to the Earth with this climate change and global warming “meshagus” (craziness). The last 150 years have been over the top. But what did we know. We knew nothing. Until the United Nations stepped up to the plate with their IPCC reports. Now we know the score and there’s no use in pretending otherwise
And to fight AGW (man-made global warming)? It’s been “pisk malokhe” (all talk and no action) so far! And if we don’t stop AGW, we are headed for major “tsoris” (trouble, misery) in the future. Not now.
Now life is wonderful, full of speed and convenience and trendy gadgets and fuel-guzzling flying machines that take us to exotic Third World vacations and see how the other 99 percent live.
It’s time for our leaders and politicians to “afen tisch” (”put one’s ass on the table”; meaning “put up or shut up!).
But true enough, this is not going to be an easy problem to solve and we are going to need extreme patience (“zitsfleish”) to solve this potential co2 nightmare, God forbid it should ever come to pass for real and right in our faces!
“Kayn aynhoreh!” (an exclamation to ward off the Evil Eye in old superstitious lore).
Can I say it? The Earth, our Earth and God’s Earth, too, she has “kadokhes” – a fever. What we are doing to the Earth is “kaloshes” (nauseating). If we don’t stand up and speak out and take action — indivually and in groups, with large protest rallies worlwide — we will be headed to a “kaporeh” (sacrifice, scapegaot, disaster).
Am I making sense yet?
Okay, okay, so maybe I am a “kasnik” (excitable fellow). Sure. I am.
And maybe I am going too far with all this shouting from the rooftops about climate change. Maybe I’m a “meshugnah” (crazy, eccentric, emboldened). But look what’s at stake if we as a humanity do nothing.
The Earth is “ibledik” (sick) and we did it to ourselves. Yes, and if we do nothing and just carry on with business as usual, “koishekh” (darkness) will come upon us all.
So, look, I’m going to “kibbitz” (offer advice; also give unsolicited advice) here a little now. If nothing else, the Earth needs a “kranken-shvester” (nurse) now, and we, humankind, are the collective ”kranken-shvester.” Get it? We gotta do something!
To fix the climate and AGW, we are going to have to put up with some bitter experiences and bitter times and eat some bitter food (‘krain”– horseradish, bitter like Japanese “wasabi”). No one ever said this is going to be walk in the park. We need to stand up for “kind und kait” (young and old) on these issues. Are you with me so far?
Look, the issues are not “klaynekhkeit” (trivial). They are of urgent importance!
Am I shouting? Sorry, let me soften my voice a bit.
I am looking for the “lamed vovnik” (one of the fabled 36 wise men and women said to be born in each generation). So yes, Naomi Klein, Andy Revkin, Michael Mann, Darren Aronofsky, Margaret Atwood, James Lovelock, Mark Lynas, George Monbiot, Stephanie LeMenager, Elizabeth Kolbert, Nathaniel Rich, Barbara Kingsolver, Coral Davenport, Paolo Bacigalupi…and many more. You know who they are. You’ve read them.You’ve seen them on TV and the internet.
You want to hear the whole “megillah” (the whole story’ literally the Book of Esther from the Hebrew Bible)? Start reading. Start doing your homework.
Don’t be a “moishe kapeyeh” (a foolish person; a person who does things incorrectly or backwards, ineptly; literally meaning “Moses standing upside down on his head”). The very existence of the human species is at stake with this climate change thing.
“Nu?” (So? Well? What are we going to do?)
You think all this is “nisht geferlakh” (no big deal, something not so terrible)? No, no, man-made global warming (AGW) is a very big deal.
It’s very “geferlakh” (terrible) if we do nothing for the health and well-being of future generations in the next 500 years.
You don’t care about people in the next 500 years? You only care about here and now, and how to feed your stomach and your materialistic appetities and exotic Third World vacation fetishes?
Oy gevalt! Oy vey! Oy vey iz mir!
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Bloom, based in Taiwan, is a freelance writer, inveterate web surfer, and passionate about climate change. Your comment may be posted in the box below or sent directly to the author via dan.bloom@sdjewishworld.com
 



by Dan Bloom

[Editor's note: Dan Bloom's first essay on this topic proved so popular

on Twitter and in the blogosphere that he was tasked to write a second

climate change "sermon," with a few more choice Yiddish expressions.]


A Yiddish proverb goes -- "A halber emez iz a gantzer leegen" (a half truth is a whole lie) --
 and it says it well, in terms of  just what we are up against with the climate denalists. American climate scientist
 Michael Mann once tweeted about how the proverb summarizes very well how various denialists deal with global warming issues.


I think Mann's point is important. Do we want our Third Rock from the Sun to

become a "gehokteh leber" (''worthless''; literally chopped liver

''pate'')? No, we must step up to the plate -- and the pate -- and

fight the good fight. And we must speak up.
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Bill McKibben does. Naomi Klein does. James Hansen does. James

Lovelock does. Michael Mann does. Margaret Atwood does. You can, too!

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Don't be a zombie (a "golem"). Do we have to wait for our Earth -- and

notice I ''capitalize'' the word EARTH in all references here, unlike

the New York Times which deems to ''lowercase'' the very name of our

home planet! What a ''putz'' (a derogatory word for a prick but I use it here in a warm, fuzzy, friendly way) the New York Times

copy and standards desk chief Phil Corbett is! [I like Phil but he

won't budge. Why?] -- do we want our Earth to have to undergo a "glustiyah" (an enema)

before we wake up and take action?

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We really need to be "gezorgt" (worried, concerned). And yes, we also

need a "glayzl varms" (something comforting, soothing; literally "a

glass of warmth") to get us through this climate "meshagus" (climate

craziness).

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Yes, all this over-stuffed co2 ''meshagus" over man-made global

warming (AGW) is giving the Earth "hartz-brennich" (heart-burn) and

"hartsvaitik" (heart ache).

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Obama, don't be a "putz." You too, David Cameron and Angela Merkel and

Francois Hollande and Xi Xi-ping and Abe-san in Tokyo! This is a global

problem, and if the world goes down hard in the next 30 generations it will

be because our leaders and politicans did not take the neccessary

measures and precautions to avert the Climapocalypse (which is gonna

make the Biblical "Apocalypse" look like a walk in the park!).

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Yes, everyone, climate change is a "groyser gehileh" (a big deal). Be

a "gut neshome" (a good person; literally, a good ''soul'') and make

your voice heard on this, too. Write a novel like Margaret Atwood! Write a screenplay like

Aaron Sorkin! Make a movie like Darren Aronofsky! Say your say! Speak

to the future, because believe you me, the future is listening even

right now.

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How do I know? I'm sometimes able to get God on the speed-dial phone. God aint happy with what

we've done to this planet. He's shitting in his pants! See? It's that

bad!

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World leaders, and Obama too, it's time to "hak nit kein chainik" (stop

your nonsense; literally, don't bang on the tea kettle.) It's time to

put your "tuches afen tisch" (your ass on the table) -- put your cards

on the table and face facts.

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We need a "hondler" (a negotiator) in the halls of power and front and

center at the United Nations, that Babel of multi-lingual globalism --

and good people there, too, hardworking and compassionate -- to

negotiate on behalf of the future. On behalf of our descendants 30

generations down the road.

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To the climate denialists and climate skeptics who spread

disinformation around the world as part of a paid PR plan supported by

the big Oil and Energy conglomerates, I need to say this in as a

polite and gentlemanly way that I can: "lig en drerd" (drop dead;

literally, "lie down on the ground, lie down in the dirt).

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Will you be able to say to your great great great great great great great great

great great great great great great great great great great great

great great great great great grandchildren
-- ("aineklach") -- that

you stood up and fought the good fight way back when? 
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Those oil and energy companies with their deceptive PR ads on TV and

in magazines! Don't get me started! They are all acting and behaving

like "chazer" (pigs), like people addicted to "chazerye" (junk food). 
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True, this climate change impasse has come over us "en mittn drenen"

(suddenly, unexpectedly). Who knew? Twenty years ago we were all

headed to a world where every generation was better off than the

previous generation and where there was no end to developing (raping,

pillaging) the Earth. Now it's a different picture.

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This Earth of ours was once "Gan Eydn" (the Garden of Eden). No more.

We did it to ourselves.

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To everyone fighting the good fight to set things right again on Earth

in a sustainable way for future generations, let me end this little

semi-humorous yet very serious spiel with these two words: "Ge gezunt"

(go in good health!)
 
 
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A British rabbi sees climate change impact events on humankind by 2100 C.E.

 
 
 
READ NEWSPAPER COLUMN HERE FIRST
FROM THE SAN DIEGO JEWISH WORLD newspaper in California
 
TEXT

When Jeffrey Newman first arrived as the rabbi at Finchley Reform Synagogue in Britain in 1973, he, by his own admission, was an idealist. And while he knew that he might not be able to change the world, he decided he would at least like to make a difference while serving there. And he did, according to members of the London synagogue and staff.
 
Since retiring in the year 2000, Rabbi Newman knew he still wanted to make a difference in the world, and since then the liberal and progressive British clergyman has been using social media and email to reach out globally on such issues as human rights, justice and equality, and recognizing that we are not going to be able to gain a sustainable Earth unless we deal with these inequalities.
 
That's how we first met. A tweet here, a tweet there. Emails galore.
 
For a while now, Rabbi Newman and I have been having
long-distance email chats about climate issues, since the
rabbi emeritus is very concerned with global warming
issues and often sends me links to news articles in the British media.
 
We discuss everything. And he told me recently that while he appreciates my recent attempt
at humor, with the ''Yiddish Guide to Climate Change,'' published here at the San Diego Jewish World newspaper, he also feels that the
situation humanity is facing might be much worse than most media
outlets are letting on.
 
So we chatted again recently by email, across the seas, and I asked Rabbi Newman what his concerns were.
 
"Maybe you don't want to scare everyone, but the situation is far
worse than you portray in most of your articles," Rabbi Newman said.
"I fear that the end of this century already is likely to be hugely
affected by what we are -- and are not -- doing and that in two or
three hundreds years from now - the fourth and fifth generations from
now -- living on Earth will
 be an entirely different experience for
those who survive."
 
I replied: "Really? So soon? That quick?"
 
Rabbi Newman went on: "I fear for them, those people living in those days.
The nonfiction book about climate titled 'Six Degrees' by Mark Lynas
is a terrifying book and 'Future Scenarios' by David Holmgreen does
not provide one simple and comforting way forward. In a way, Martin
Rees' sombre assessment 'Our Final Hour' is the darkest of all simply
because of his eminence as a scientist and thinker."
 
"Dan, I appreciate your communication abilities on climate issues, and
particularly with your 'Yiddish Guide to Climate Change' column on the use of humour, but
then it is, it seems to me, important to as be as accurate as possible
about the message that is conveyed," Rabbi Newman added.
 
"The real horror is what our grandchildren and great-grandchildren
will be facing, and not those generations an unimaginable time in the
future some 500 years from now that you sketch out," he said. "Martin
Rees says humanity has only a 50-50 percent chance of surviving the
next century and James Lovelock believes the human population will be
decimated, down to one billion people."
 
I told the rabbi that I was listening to what he was telling me, and
agreed with much of what he was saying. He added even more to our
chat, saying: "Catastrophes will happen and they will get worse. But
we still have opportunities to face them with the best attitudes in
the most collaborative and cooperative, that is, the most Jewish way.
With humor."
 
And Rabbi Newman added another note: "I got into this climate
work as a retired rabbi here in England because I realized that since
humanity faces the possibility of holocaust which we as Jews know only
too well, we have a responsibility not to be bystanders."
 
 
Rabbi Newman is not all doom and gloom, and considers himself an optimist, he told me.
"My viewpoint is that there may still be time to avoid irreversible climate change (which takes place and speeds up, as all feedback loops already known and unknown kick in) which would entirely destroy society as we know it," he saidm noting: "The second paragraph of the 'Shema' is as good a pointer as any."
"At this moment, we can definitely live differently, care for one another -- poor and the oppressed, the disabled, the abandoned elderly and African orphans --and in doing so we will be learning the values necessary to deal in the best possible way with any unimaginable future," he said. "I don't think everything is lost and that there is nothing to hope for. Far from it. I believe there is work to do and it is happening here and now and those who want to can be a part of it."
At the end of conversation, Rabbi Newman also spoke to me of God.
"We need to mention God, too, of course, who is Supreme Above All but not distanced, not out of it, not Other but Here and Now, 'I AM that I AM' -- reality, Being, Existence, Truth as it is, not as we wish it to be, as we will never know because who among us can know all reality? God Is, Was and Will be: Now, in one infinitesimal moment of ultimate depth. Now, more than ever, we need God who also is dependent upon us."
 
I keep reading and re-reading what Rabbi Newman has been telling me, above.
 
It's chilling, and sobering. I don't know what to say.
 

Book Industry Study Group says no to 'cli fi' listing for new category -- for now




https://www.bisg.org/bisac-subject-headings-list-fiction

Book Industry group says no to 'cli fi' -- for now

by staff writer and agencies

A year ago or so, I began lobbying the Book Industry Study Group
in New York to create a new genre category for climate-themed
novels dubbed "Cli-Fi."

I found the group's email address through an Amazon
Associates discussion group and then sent out a few emails explaining
the rise of this new genre to several members of BISG group, including
its director.

One of the members, listed as the project manager for standards and
best practices, was kind enough to write back to me, noting:
"Thanks for this suggestion. Coincidentally, this cli-fi heading was
recently suggested by someone else and was discussed at the last
Subject Codes Committee meeting. I'll send your email along to the
chair of that committee, to be discussed again at the upcoming
meeting. If the code gets added, it will be available with the 2014
Edition, which will be published at the end of 2014.

That was the last I heard from her, the letter being dated mid-2014.


So I waited and I waited and I waited and December 2014 came and went
and no word from the project manager or any of the other BISG members.
In late December, I sent out
a new email to the group, asking if they had decided yes or no yet on
my proposal. Not one person replied.

So I wrote one more email blast to the director of the BISG, and
finally, the blast got through to him and he was kind
enough to take the time to reply and explain that no decision had been
made which was probably a polite way to say "no." He did say that it
could happen in late 2015 and cli-fi could be maybe-perhaps-possibly
listed in early 2016. But he did not proise anything.

"I was not
directly involved in the discussions about a 'Cli-Fi' subject category
possibly being included in the Book Industry Standards andCommunications (BISAC) subject headings as you lobbied
for last year," the executive director. who is himself a novelist
and knows the power and marketing clout of literary categories, wrote to me
in a recent email.
"Thank you for thinking of us. Judging by the
listings on our website, in which no such subject listed, it appears that
our large and diverse committee of industry experts did not feel it was
warranted for the 'Cli-Fi' genre to be included in the 2014 edition."


"We deal with hundreds of
BISAC requests every year, not to mention the management and maintenance of
dozens of standards beyond BISAC Codes, not mention a variety of research
projects and educational offerings," he added,

So what's next? Well, as with any novel lobbying effort, things take
time and patience is the order of the day. The thing is to keep
trying, keep up the polite, yet persistent lobbying efforts and then,
time will tell. It could take five years, it could take ten years. But
one day, the Book Industry Study Group will include "Cli-Fi" in the
BISAC subject headings.

It's in the cards. With a large lobbying army of cli fi novelists and
movie scriptwriters, in addition to lobbying efforts by literary
critics and book publishers themselves, it will happen. These things
take time, yes.

The group does include ''science fiction'' as a category, of course,
and lists several ''sci-fi'' subgenres as well: Alien Contact,
Apocalyptic, Post-Apocalyptic, Cyberpunk, Hard Science Fiction, Space Opera,
Steampunk
and Time Travel.

Notice though, the list does not include the "sci fi" genre term as a
category, just "science fiction" and its various subgenres.

I am sure it will just be a matter of time before "Cli-Fi" -- perhaps
listed as "Climate Fiction" in keeping with sci being called "Science
Fiction" and not its popular nickname -- is listed either as a
subgenre of science fiction, or as an entirely separate genre of its
own. A committee will decide, and it's all in their hands.

Meanwhile, man-made global warming is not going away anytime soon.

When Spell-Check goes ''nuclear'' (unclear?)....

   
 
by Leinad Moolb
[of ALASKA DAYS]
NOTE: Leinad Moolb is a humorist who created his pen name in Alaska in the 1980s.


NEW YORK CITY -- There's a newsroom term for typos that Spell-Checker cannot "see"
since Spell-Checker is not a human and sometimes doesn't know its sass
from its elbow.

And I'm here to tell you that there's actually a
newsroom term for these pesky little line sitters-- I mean line
critters -- and it was coined over then years ago by C. F. Hanif in
Florida. He was then an editor at as I remember either the St. Petersburg Mess or was it
the Tampa Cray Times?

He called these typos "atomic typos."

My guess is that he wanted to
signify that these kinds of typos that Spell-Check cannot see -- and
which appear more and more in sloppily-edited online websites -- are
so tiny and miniscule as to be almost like ''atomic'' particles. So he
came up with a term that you have never heard of,
until now.


Embrace the atomic typo. It's here to stay. Or maybe I should put that
in the plural: They're hear to stay. Oops! See that one? Spell-Check
didn't see it at all.

Words that are in the Atomic Typo Mall of Shame include: bowel for
bowl, sedan for Sudan, ballet for ballot, unclear for nuclear.

The
list goes on and on, and even with all our technological prowess
Spell-Check cannot process these atomic typos that are, well, weird.

County or country? Gun or gum? Flee or feel? Peace or piece?

A few people have tried to invent a spell-checking platform that can
"see" atomic typos, but so far nobody has succeeded.

To spot an atomic
typo and correct it before it goes to print, we need a pair of human
eyes -- and a human mind -- to see the gaffes in context.

Because, you see, atomic typos are not really typos. They are in fact
spelled correctly. So Spell-Check ignores them. They're just the wrong
word in the context of what the writer was actually trying to say.

Is there such a thing as a grammar-checker for word processing
programs? I'm told there is, but I have not seen it in operation, yet.
If you use a grammar checker, you might be notified by the machine
brain that something is wrong but it won't and can't tell you exactly
what the atomic typo is.

Only a human being, and preferably a seasoned
proofreader, can figure these things out before it's too late the
newspaper or website goes to press.

So there's no solution to the atomic typo crisis -- should that be crises? -- until someone comes
out with a computer that can become human and spot the wheat from the
chaff -- I mean "the weak from laugh."

I have an offer to make to humankind and I am making it right here
now: the first person who can come up with a computer system that can
"see" atomic typos and correct them in an autocorrect mini-second will
receive my standiing offer of a $1 million computing prize, the
majority of which will be doled out by the chief mavens of Gargle or
Fecebook since I get paid so little for my humor columns these days
and I am in the poorhouse 24/8.

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The ''Cli Fi'' Movie Awards, dubbed THE "Cliffies," will go live on Feb. 15 with list of 2014 winners and gongs

Muck Rack Daily
Good morning from Muck Rack, where you can get a snapshot of what journalists around the world are reading, thinking and commenting on right now.

In entertainment, the Cli Fi Movie Awards, dubbed the "Cliffies," will go live on Feb. 15, a week before the Oscars on Feb, 22. For list of winners see the CLIFFIES website - http://korgw101.blogspot.com

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Book Industry Study Group's Len Vlahos says NO to "cli fi" category for AMAZON books website for now, maybe in 2016?

UPDATE: BOOK Industry group says no to 'cli fi' -- for now. but 2016? Maybe! LINK





Len Vlahos.

 
Longtime American Booksellers Association staffer-turned-COO is now executive director of the Book Industry Study Group. HE HAS REJECTED THE INCLUSION OF A CATEGORY CALLED "CLI FI" in his group's list of literary categories for the time being, although they do list SCI FI , etc. In a letter he explained the reasoning:


Dear Dan,

I'm Len Vlahos <len@bisg.org> the Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group. I was not
directly involved in the discussions about a ''Cli-Fi'' subject category
possibly being included in the BISAC Subject Headings as you lobbied for last year. Thank you for thinking of us. Judging by the
listings on our website, in which no such subject listed, it appears that
our large and diverse committee of industry experts did not feel it was
warranted for the ''CLI FI'' genre to be included in the 2014 edition. Sorry, mate. It IS possible that will
change for the 2015 edition and apepar in 2016. If we failed to respond to you to notify you
of this, I apologize. I am so busy at work and get so many emails so I guess your emails got lost in the shuffle of my hectic office life. Sorry about that. I do apologize. I know you are working hard on this cli fi motif 24/7 and more power to you, sir.

We deal with hundreds of
BISAC requests every year, not to mention the management and maintenance of
dozens of standards beyond BISAC Codes, not mention a variety of research
projects and educational offerings. Everyone involved in this process works
very hard and and appreciates your dedication to literature, too.

I wish you luck with your ''cli fi'' PR work, and please contact the Book Industry
Study Group again, anytime.







Len Vlahos
Executive Director
From: Len Vlahos <
len@bisg.org>

Cli fi is more than a cultural prism, it's a way forward as well - to fixing our problems and accepting our doom in future generations 500 years from now.....

Dystopian Cli Fi Craze Might be Our Society's Way of Coping With Approaching Doom?

Some communication experts say our obsession with the cli fi genre suggests society just feels hopeless about climate change, but others say just the opposite -- that our focus on cli fi movies and novels shows just how much we care about fixing the problems facing humanity at this stage in history....

''CLI FI'' WILL BECOME MORE COMMONPLACE IN 2015

Yes, our society  has become obsessed with something less-than-cheery: the notion of dystopia and climate doom due to AGW and unstoppable climate change.
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We’ve been fixated on the concept for decades in our pop culture, if for no other reason than that it makes for good cinema (what's more dramatic than showing our world shattered and/or recreated before our eyes?) It also plays on time-honored fears: The unknown of the future, and the possibility of adapting to extreme climate change.

BUT.... according to Naomi Klein. In a recent interview podcast with Wired, the Canadian author and social activist asserted that if humanity believes the future is indeed that bleak — that the only outcome is total disaster — then we may not bother to rise to the very real challenges that we face. The signs of climate change are all here, she says. We’re just not paying enough attention to them.
If humanity believes that the future is indeed that bleak — that the only outcome is total disaster — then we may not bother to rise to the very real challenges that we face.

Grim realities

According to one recent (and eye-popping) report, scientists outlined how the effects of human-induced climate change — from torrential rains and more frequent heat waves to increasingly severe wildfires — are already obvious across the entire USA. According to The New York Times, research showed that these drastic consequences have been caused by a minor temperature increase: Just 2 degrees Fahrenheit over the past 100 years. By the end of this century, scientists said warming could exceed 10 degrees if carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases aren’t controlled.
“Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present,” the scientists declared in the report.
 
Other research has demonstrated just how climate change may impact our everyday lives. For instance, a recent MIT study showed that air pollution could curb food supplies. At best, the rates of malnourishment will only increase 9 to 13 percent by 2050 — but those rates will spike to 18 to 27 percent in the same time frame under a more pessimistic air quality scenario.
In other words, the framework for our favorite genre of blockbusters and novels isn’t that far off. The difference between the storyline of our reality and the fantasy is — we still have time to fix it.
 
However, Ms. Klein emphasized that the wave of cli fi and dystopian fiction, in both film and book form, may actually be a worrying sign that we believe doom is the only possible outcome. And with so many arguments clouding the climate debate, Klein is concerned that we’ll never realize the severity of the circumstances.
 
The difference between the storyline of our reality and the fantasy is — we still have time to fix it.
 
 
“I think what these [korgw101.blogspot.com] 'cli fi' films tell us is that we’re taking a future of environmental catastrophe for granted,” she said in the podcast. “And that’s the hardest part of my work, actually convincing people that we’re capable of something other than this brutal response to disaster.”
 
That concept is the crux of her new book, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. Climate.” In it, she breaks down different options and propositions for how we can avert catastrophe, including cap-and-trade and geo-engineering.
 
“It seems easier, more realistic, to dim the sun than to put up solar panels on every home in the United States,” she added. “And that says a lot about us, and what we think is possible, and what we think is realistic.”

The power to prevent doom

Klein isn’t the only one that’s worried about our collective feeling of hopelessness.
 
In a 2013 interview with Wired, London-based architect and critic Mr Liam Young stressed the importance of recognizing that we don’t passively receive our future — we have the power to shape it.
 
"The future is a verb, not a noun," he said. "And [cli fi movies can be] an extraordinary storytelling medium that can help the audience realize that we are active agents in shaping our own futures rather than the victims of the default dystopias that often seem to be the modus operandi of future thinking."
"Divergent"

Ms Klein’s hope is that today’s youth will recognize the dystopian world as a very real possibility — but not one that is inevitably disastrous.
 
And in an interview with TIME, “Divergent” actor Theo James admitted that the very reason why this [cli fi] genre is so popular with younger generations is that it’s hyper-relevant.
 
“It’s becoming part of the consciousness,” he said. “You grow up in a world where it’s part of the conversation all the time – the statistics of our planet warming up. The environment is changing. The weather is different. There are things that are very visceral and very obvious, and they make you question the future and how we will survive ... I certainly do. I wonder what kind of world my children’s kids will live in.”
 
There's a reason why we are so wrapped up in the dystopian wave: We already know what happened in the past. Now, everyone is wondering what will happen in the future.
 
There's no doubt that to hinder the catastrophic effects of climate change would take immediate and dramatic measures. But the first step to solving a problem is realizing that it exists.
 
Research by the book reviews website GoodReads showed that fear of communism and fascism in the 1930s-1960s fueled both George Orwell’s “1984” and Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451.”
 
Could that mean the UK and USA and Germany and Italy and Norway  and Japan and China and Taiwan and Brazil society's obsession with cli fi movies and literature simply proves our recognition that real danger is near?
 
YES!