All my life my cohort has been under some existential cloud or another. It was the communists, it was the USSR, it was nuclear war, the Cuban Missile Crisis. It was DDT and silent spring, it was mercury in the fish, it was the population bomb or acid rain, the ozone hole, AIDS, and on and on and on.
None of those things materialized in a catastrophic fashion. We muddled through. We put a band-aid on it.
This time I think we're in for it. The band-aids were temporary, we failed to "get it". We're looking at less than half of the warming that is already in the pipe. You don't believe we are having a record La Nina do you? Nobody is saying the La Nina is that extreme... but record rainfall, record drought... and Katia may hammer Europe... this is different. I'm an old woman. I have memories, and I know this is different than anything I have ever seen.
We need to hope that the weather catastrophes settle down long enough for us to get a handle on the emissions issues. Otherwise we're looking at a domino effect. No money to fix stuff because the economy can't grow... due to, among other things, climate disasters. Stuff stays broke... civilization degrades. You get the picture.
All my life, and the lives of my generation, we've been under some threat or another... duck and cover.
This time it's for real. Be afraid. Be very afraid.