I don’t know what to say about this week’s Dustinland comic, but I do like how weird it gets at the end. Well, not weird, but let’s say I think it doubles down nicely on the concept of the strip.
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This week’s Dustinland comic was written in response to Trump’s pull out from the Paris Climate Agreement, but I did it in a way that would hopefully appeal to people who don’t already agree with me. That’s why you notice, no mention of climate change, but rather a focus on a few things we can all agree on: freedom, fiscal independence, and future-facing technology. Curious to see if I get any positive responses from the other side or if it will just be the same old zombie Fox News “coal jarbs and hoax” blah blah blah we’re all used to hearing.
With the Climate March coming up, I felt compelled to write this Dustinland comic, since it’s the one issue I care most about. After a long time trying to figure out what I could do to convince people to care, I realized I can’t convince anyone, since I’ve tried many times before, and still no one seems to give a shit. So I made a comic about that.
Not must more I could say about this week’s Dustinland comic. Well, not really a comic. An infographic? Not that either. Lots of words presented in a sort of appealing manner, I guess. If I wasn’t a dad with a demanding job I would have thought up a really cool way to actually portray all this information in comic form, but that would have required me to literally not sleep for several days, which is an unpleasant option. Not as unpleasant as our likely future, but still not fun.
Overall I do think we are fucked no matter who gets elected, but at least we should try. Trump and the entire GOP is the opposite of trying. Voting Republican at this point is really just saying “Hey we’re on a speeding train heading off a cliff and I want it to go faster.” Voting for the Democrats may not stop the train but at least there’s a possibility it could. At least we could maybe slow down the misery. At best we can keep pushing for the truly dramatic solution we really need to save this planet and the future of human civilization. Not for 1,000 years from now, but within our lifetimes. That’s the risk. And Donald and the rest of the GOP don’t want to believe it.
Hey, look at that, I did say more about this week’s comic.
I know no one really wants to be lectured by me about their eating habits, but sometimes I just have to drop the silly stuff for a week and hit on a more serious topic. Climate change weighs on me heavily, nearly all the time, and I’m always looking for ways to address the issue in my comic without being boring or preachy. Not sure if I achieved my goal with this week’s Dustinland comic, but I had to at least try.
I think meat is really something no one connects with global warming, even though it’s a huge issue. Even being climate change, there’s also all the pollution created by things like giant pig poop ponds, there’s the rainforest deforestation that occurs in order to make more grazing land for cattle — it goes on and on. And what really concerns me is that current diet fads are actually pushing people to eat more meat and less grains. Now, whether it’s better for you or not is not my concern. My concern is that we as a species cannot continue to eat so much meat — the planet simply can’t support it.
I know a big reaction to this will be “but I like meat, it’s so yummy, and I don’t care about the world enough to stop.” Or there will be people who really feel that way but don’t want to admit it to themselves so they’ll dig up some Fox News style “proof” that there’s no global warming or that even if there is, meat is actually good for the climate, and up is down, etc… But hopefully there are a few reasonable concerned people who might not have realized just how bad meat is for the environment, and if even one person thinks again next time they’re about to order a burger, that’s a good thing.
Oh and one last point: At the end of the strip, I discuss how no one has to STOP eating meat completely. I bring this up not just to make it all feel more doable and less daunting, but also to prevent the usual black or white only comments that accompany the usual “we can’t do anything about climate change” arguments. You know, “oh, so why don’t you live in a teepee.” That sort of thing. The idea that we can either be cavemen or do nothing. It’s a ridiculous ploy I see over and over again, while in reality, we don’t have to completely alter our lifestyles and drop out of society. If each one of us would take even a few small steps, it would make a big difference. Maybe not the whole difference, but it would help a lot.
While this week’s Dustinland comic clearly tries to poke some holes in the whole “don’t have kids because of overpopulation” theory, of course on some level I do understand and appreciate people who think that way. Of course, we’re really talking about people living on first world level resources who are taxing the Earth, but yes, more people = harder to sustain. That being said, I still agree with what I said in my strip. Especially when it comes to having 1 or 2 kids. It seems pretty solid logic to me: 2 people have 1 or 2 kids. That’s just reproducing, literally. You’re just replacing yourself, not adding more. Unless you live forever, which actually may be possible in the relative future, so in that case, my math no longer works.
And there’s also my other point. Crazyass morons across the planet are churning out babies left and right (I’m not saying ONLY sucky people have lots of kids, but rather that sucky people tend to have significantly more kids on average than cool peeps). Someone has to run things in the future. Might as well be someone I raised, rather than some wacko in training who thinks the Earth is 5,000 years old. Man, I’m being hard on religious types in this rant but whatever. Tough titties. Go read a book that wasn’t written on papyrus. You might learn something.
Okay, so this comic is not nearly as good as I wanted it to be, and here’s why: I have be planning this thing for months and months, but I have never had the time to fully devote to it. If I could, I would have made this comic a complete epic, way longer, more conceptual, better drawn. But I can’t because I’m a dad with a job. However, this has been weighing on me, and after Obama’s speech, I figured now, in the middle of the steamy hot summer, it would be the right time to launch into this tirade on global warming.
Why all the cursing? Well, I don’t know how else to get people to pay attention to this issue. It seemed to work for that parody kids book, “Go The Fuck To Sleep,” so why not try a comic called “Wake The Fuck Up.” Hey, there’s even that Facebook group, Give A Shit About Nature. Things are getting so dire, there’s no more time to pussyfoot around the issues, so here it is. Care. Give a shit. Or we’re fucked.
I won’t reiterate any of the points I made in the comic here, but I will say that if you care about global warming and the future of mankind—and you and your loved ones—go to 350.org. It’s probably the best climate change movement out there right now. I’ve been to their events and they are amazing and inspiring and only getting better. Yes, even their founder, Bill McKibben, admits we are probably doomed, but hey, you gotta fight the fight, because giving up is just pathetic. Fucking pathetic.