“Carbondale has pledged to be a compassionate city. Let’s pull together to make it happen.”
Margaret Nesbit, Concerned Citizens of Carbondale
The city of Carbondale is dying. People are leaving, businesses are closing, and the spirit that once made this place unique is harder to feel. Unless drastic changes are made, things are only going to get worse. The challenges we face occur on multiple fronts – social, economic, ecological – and cannot be addressed with superficial attempts to attract investment or “re-brand” the city without significant alteration in the real substance of how we live, interact, and make decisions together.
But it’s hard to think much about Carbondale’s demise in the face of another, more far-reaching set of threats: according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) most recent report, urgent and unprecedented changes are needed to adapt to the transformation expected in the climate. In 2018, we were given a deadline of 12 years to fundamentally transform the global economy before unavoidable, catastrophic climate change occurs. In the face of such an overwhelming challenge, its easy to wonder: why devote ourselves to a dying city, when its just one part of a dying world?