The Politics of Crisis

What happens when very large crisis are apparent on the horizon and it becomes clear that some in a country will lose a great deal and others will be asked to chip in to assist with the losses?  Politics, that’s what happens.  Positioning and messaging and the careful arranging of arguments.  Everything needed to get or keep as much as possible.

Bloomberg has an excellent article on the politics that has already started over sea level rise and the numerous communities in the United States who will lose some, most, or all of their land.  In the relatively short time I have been writing this blog – some four years now – the expectation of sea level rise through the end of  this century has essentially exploded, from inches to yards and yards.  Well-researched estimates now range from three feet to 10 feet of sea level rise through the end of the century.  What will that mean for coastal communities?  The Bloomberg article, which you can find here, goes into that in some detail, and links to interactive maps that turn the data into visual representations.

But, the article begs an even bigger question, because with the accelerating decline of all natural systems, disasters are exponentially increasing in all areas, not just in terms of sea-level rise.  What will the impact be on human society when a fuller understanding of what is at hand becomes clearer and clearer?  In four short years we’ve seen the expectation of sea level increase explode.  From what we know, it reasonable to assume that we will see expectation of other disasters and adverse impacts explode over the next few years.  During this time, it seems we will be seeing the fulfillment of Luke 21:26 right before our eyes.

–Scott Christiansen