Currently in Toronto — October 25th, 2022
The weather, currently.
Tuesday brings another day in teen temperature territory - the fifth day in row! We will start Tuesday under a mix of sun and cloud and a wake-up temperature already in double digits, at 10 degrees C. There is a system approaching from the west, and as a result, some clouds will begin to move in through the day. This is the leading edge of the system, as it pushes into the lower great lakes, so no moisture with it yet. (Although there will be some rain showers for early Wednesday.) The forecast high is 18 degrees C and the UV index will be 4 or moderate. The wind will be light from the southeast.
Tuesday night: mainly cloudy with a risk of a shower by dawn, and a mild low of 13 degrees C.
What you need to know, currently.
We have a new op-ed from Currently’s partnership coordinator, Meg Ruttan, on the harsh realities of climate doomism and how social media tends to plays a role in inspiring fear, when it comes to the climate crisis, rather than hope.
“Like other strains of doomism, longtermism obsesses about the possibility of human extinction rather than admit that climate change is happening right now and the most privileged among us have yet to suffer its impacts,” Ruttan writes.
“In order to preserve the future of humanity, longtermism posits this:
‘If you could save a million lives to day or shave 0.0001 percent off the probability of premature human extinction—a one in a million chance of saving at least 8 trillion lives—you should do the latter, allowing a million people to die,’ according to reporting from the Boston Review,” she continues.
“Again, this rhymes with doomism by suggesting that because it’s too late to solve climate change, it’s acceptable to close borders and hoard resources as if we are at the point of planetary collapse where survival is most important. This idea insists that the preservation of modern, Western civilization would be worth abandoning the rest of the world for. It’s simply another type of fatalism.”
Click here to read the full essay!
What you can do, currently.
- You could start funding climate solutions by joining our partner, Wren. More than 10,000 Wren members fund projects that plant trees, protect rainforest, and otherwise fight the climate crisis every month. Sign-up today and they’ll plant 10 trees in your name for free.