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Reader Input: War, peace and survival

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Extinction of homo sapiens by climate catastrophe or nuclear war — that is the question.  Greed is closely related to both. Greed has led some to build empires for power and wealth.  Then fossil fuels became useful for both.

Addiction to war meant addiction to oil and addiction to oil meant addiction to war.  This is a dangerous self-reinforcing feedback loop. If we don't break out of it very soon, our time on planet Earth will expire.  Survival requires peace.

James Hansen once predicted if we exceeded 350 ppm CO2 in the atmosphere, Earth would warm past the point where we could survive.  We are well past 400 ppm. Some scientists predict our extinction in 50 to 100 years. Guy McPherson, evolutionary biologist at Arizona University predicts few humans will remain past 2026.  We must act with the fierce urgency of now.

What we learned from past wars can help us survive.  War has taught us how to organize in a disciplined, focused way on a common goal.  Survival or demise of nations — even empires was the result. We must now put war behind us and mount a WWII scale effort for peace and survival.  Not only must we stop burning carbon based fuel, we must remove CO2 from the atmosphere. The only thing stopping us is greed.

"When the last tree is felled, the last stream poisoned, the last fish caught, only then will you realize that you can't eat money." — prophecy of a Cree Indian chief.

Carroll Nast, Colfax