Claim: Green Skies Will Save Us from Climate Change

A twitter thread about an article in Business Insider.

Originally tweeted by Insider (@thisisinsider) on July 28, 2022.

Earlier this month, a monster Midwestern thunderstorm called a derecho turned the skies over South Dakota a sickly green.

The new colors of the sky are so terrifying, they will spur us to action, @jetjocko says.

Here’s why. 👇

https://www.businessinsider.com/green-orange-blue-sky-climate-change-apocalypse-evolution-colors-2022-7

Images from the storm went viral and hit the news.

It all moved even faster than the storm itself — just as it did two years ago, when massive wildfires turned the skies over San Francisco a shade of Golden Gate orange.

https://www.businessinsider.com/green-orange-blue-sky-climate-change-apocalypse-evolution-colors-2022-7

Derechos, wildfires, and sandstorms have happened before, but not like this.

The difference: climate change, @jetjocko says.

Unseasonable, bigger, and more dangerous are hallmarks of the new world, where city skies are the color of a dead planet.

https://www.businessinsider.com/green-orange-blue-sky-climate-change-apocalypse-evolution-colors-2022-7

Photo shows the hazy orange sky above San Francisco due to wildfires.Photo shows the hazy orange sky above San Francisco due to wildfires.Photo shows the hazy orange sky above San Francisco due to wildfires.

Climate change has been going on for a century and a half.

For most of that time, it has been so subtle that people couldn’t see it, or could ignore it.

But our color vision is tailored for survival.

When the sky turns green, we notice.

https://www.businessinsider.com/green-orange-blue-sky-climate-change-apocalypse-evolution-colors-2022-7

Photo shows a green sky and clouds resulting from a derecho.Photo shows a green sky and clouds resulting from a derecho.Photo shows a green sky and clouds resulting from a derecho.

The colors we pay the most attention to were the ones that mattered most to our survival, @jetjocko say.

Not the ordinary colors that make up most of our world, like blue (sky, water) or green (plants).

Which means that, in a way, we stop noticing it.

https://www.businessinsider.com/green-orange-blue-sky-climate-change-apocalypse-evolution-colors-2022-7

Text shows the definition of shifting baseline syndrome, a noun meaning a phenomenon where things that don't change, or that change very, very slowly, don't register in our brains.Text shows the definition of shifting baseline syndrome, a noun meaning a phenomenon where things that don't change, or that change very, very slowly, don't register in our brains.Text shows the definition of shifting baseline syndrome, a noun meaning a phenomenon where things that don't change, or that change very, very slowly, don't register in our brains.

We’re going to owe a kind of thank-you to the Earth’s scary new colorways — and to the evolutionary quirks of our eyes and brains that let us see color in the first place, @jetjocko writes.

https://www.businessinsider.com/green-orange-blue-sky-climate-change-apocalypse-evolution-colors-2022-7

We might not be built to attend to every incremental climate-change blip, but we’re built to notice (finally!) when the planet we evolved to see doesn’t exist anymore.

That’s probably what it will take, if anything is going to change, @jetjocko says.

https://www.businessinsider.com/green-orange-blue-sky-climate-change-apocalypse-evolution-colors-2022-7

Around the world, people living in countries on the front lines of the climate crisis and its effects — poorer countries in the global south, primarily — report more anxiety about climate overall.

They’re seeing the evidence more clearly.

https://www.businessinsider.com/green-orange-blue-sky-climate-change-apocalypse-evolution-colors-2022-7

Text against a black background reads: "In the US, only young people and those who identify as Democrats think dealing with climate change should be a top priority according to surveys from Pew Research."Text against a black background reads: "In the US, only young people and those who identify as Democrats think dealing with climate change should be a top priority according to surveys from Pew Research."Text against a black background reads: "In the US, only young people and those who identify as Democrats think dealing with climate change should be a top priority according to surveys from Pew Research."

If a single recalcitrant Democratic senator (and all the Republican ones) can stymie even the most basic policy changes to avert a planetary disaster of our own making, it’ll take pressure from all of us to change course, @jetjocko writes.

https://www.businessinsider.com/green-orange-blue-sky-climate-change-apocalypse-evolution-colors-2022-7

Text against a black background reads: "About half of Americans think humans are only partially responsible for climate change, or not responsible at all according to surveys from Pew Research."Text against a black background reads: "About half of Americans think humans are only partially responsible for climate change, or not responsible at all according to surveys from Pew Research."Text against a black background reads: "About half of Americans think humans are only partially responsible for climate change, or not responsible at all according to surveys from Pew Research."

.@jetjocko‘s hope is that the new colors of the sky are so terrifying, they will spur us to action.

Subscribe to @thisisinsider to read more. 👇

https://www.businessinsider.com/green-orange-blue-sky-climate-change-apocalypse-evolution-colors-2022-7

Originally tweeted by Insider (@thisisinsider) on July 28, 2022.

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July 31, 2022 at 12:36AM

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