The term “point of no return” is defined – in navigational terms – as the point along a route where the distance forward to the destination is now shorter than the distance back to the point of departure. The point where you might as well keep going 'cuz - as the saying goes - "there's no going back".
If we’ve reached the “point of no return” climate-wise, then we’re reached the point where we can no longer return the Earth to a pristine “not affected by humankind” climate.
Taking this one step further, if we have reached the “point of no return” climate-wise, then there is nothing we can do. Nothing. At. All. We’re screwed. Incapable of doing anything to fix it. Humans are on their way to extinction, along with all of the other animal life on the planet.
The analogy is like being in a plane that has lost all power and is going to crash and nothing anyone can do will stop it. This leaves you with a choice: you can spend your last moments screaming your head off in terror, or you can calmly reach for the drinks tray and get a serious load on. Either way, it’s over and you know it. Die with dignity? Gimme a break.
If the environment has really passed the “point of no return”, then any attempt to clean shit up is useless. Ya might as well stop worrying and get a gas-sucking big V8. Or heat your home to 78 degrees in the middle of winter with your pellet stove. Or get a camper and empty your black water tank all over the highway. Remember: it’s over – and there’s nothing you can do about it.
In the 1959 film “On The Beach”, a US submarine arrives in post-apocalyptic Australia. Nuclear fallout is wiping out human life around the earth and there’s no hope for a future (yeah, a really depressing film). Some people give their whole families – including their children – suicide pills. Others spend days in prayer in front of churches, hoping against hope for a miracle that will never come. Others just sit and stare at the clouds in deep depression.
But a few hardy souls decide to do the stuff they’ve always wanted to do - but never did. One of the protagonists enters a last car race with his rarely-used perfect-condition collectible speedster. His reasoning? “Why not!” It’s over. Might as well enjoy your last moments on earth.
If we’ve reached the “point of no return” climate-wise, then it’s over. Might as well enjoy our last moments on earth. Why not? If there’s nothing we can do about it, why not do whatever we want to do?
Unless, of course, the climate “point of no return” actually doesn’t exist, and the entire idea of a climate “point of no return” is entirely false and only exists in the mad fantasies of fear-crazed control freaks. And if the well-publicized climate “point of no return” doesn’t really exist and it’s all just a scare tactic, what else are those fear-crazed control freaks lying about?
Oh, the guy in the car race… wins. As if it really matters anyway: who’s ever gonna see the trophy?