Currently in Chicago — October 25th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Wet start to the week

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

1. Wet Start To The Week

2. Feeling More Like Fall

3. Cool But Mostly Dry Weekend

We can expect on and off showers on Tuesday, but still relatively mild temperatures, as they fall into the upper 50s. There will be a mix of sun and clouds Thursday and Friday with highs a bit below average in the middle to upper 50s. Upper 50s for highs continue through the weekend with a chance of rain arriving late Sunday.

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What you need to know, currently.

We have a new op-ed from Currently’s partnership coordinator, Meg Ruttan, on the harsh realities of climate doomism and how social media tends to plays a role in inspiring fear, when it comes to the climate crisis, rather than hope.

“Like other strains of doomism, longtermism obsesses about the possibility of human extinction rather than admit that climate change is happening right now and the most privileged among us have yet to suffer its impacts,” Ruttan writes.

“In order to preserve the future of humanity, longtermism posits this:

‘If you could save a million lives to  day or shave 0.0001 percent off the probability of premature human extinction—a one in a million chance of saving at least 8 trillion lives—you should do the latter, allowing a million people to die,’ according to reporting from the Boston Review,” she continues.

“Again, this rhymes with doomism by suggesting that because it’s too late to solve climate change, it’s acceptable to close borders and hoard resources as if we are at the point of planetary collapse where survival is most important. This idea insists that the preservation of modern, Western civilization would be worth abandoning the rest of the world for. It’s simply another type of fatalism.”

Click here to read the full essay!

What you can do, currently.

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