The idea that the past is the key to the present is a credo worth much in the fields of Earth science and geophysics, and it makes perfect sense.In the same way that observing natural processes happening today can help us interpret events within the geological record, so what happened thousands or millions of years ago can tell us what we might expect on 21st century Earth.One geological period that might have something important to say is the Permian, and the news is not good. Around 252 million years ago, the Permian was brought to an abrupt end by the greatest mass extinction event in the history of our world.
Over 500 activists from the youth-led Sunrise Movement descended on Washington, D.C. last week for one of the largest U.S. climate protests since COVID-related restrictions began easing. The young people rallied in front of the White House on June 28, to hear from a range of speakers, including Reps. Jamaal Bowman and Cori Bush, Indigenous pipeline fighters from Anishinaabe land in Minnesota and Sunrise organizers from all corners of the country. All called on President Biden to act swiftly to address the climate crisis.
“The current heatwave and drought leave no doubt, we are living the dangerous effects of the climate crisis.”
“Never in the history of the G7 has there been a bigger gap between their actions and the needs of the world. In the face of these challenges the G7 have chosen to cook the books on vaccines and continue to cook the planet.”