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Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:. Email required Address never made public. So who am I to quote Frederick Douglass? Business as usual is extreme.
Just ask a climate scientist. The building is burning. The innocents—the poor, the oppressed, the children, your own children—are inside. And the American petro state is spraying fuel, not water, on the flames. That's more than extreme. It's homicidal.
It's psychopathic. It's fucking insane. And like more and more of us who are fighting for climate justice, I am engaged in a struggle—a struggle—for the fate of humanity and of life on Earth.
Not a polite debate around the dinner table, or in a classroom, or an editorial meeting—or an Earth Day picnic. A struggle for justice on a global scale. A struggle for human dignity and human rights for my fellow human beings, beginning with the poorest and most vulnerable, far and near. A life-and-death struggle for the survival of all that I love. Because that is what the climate fight and the fight for climate justice is. This is really happening. The Arctic and the glaciers are melting.
The great forests are dying and burning. The oceans are rising and acidifying. The storms, the floods—the droughts and heat waves—are intensifying. The breadbaskets are parched and drying. And all of it faster and sooner than scientists predicted. The window in which to act is closing before our eyes.
Any discussion of the situation must begin by acknowledging the science and the sheer lateness of the hour—that the chance for any smooth, gradual transition has passed, that without radical change the kind of livable and just future we all want is simply inconceivable. The international community has, of course, committed to keeping the global temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius 3.
But there's good reason to believe that 2 degrees will lead to catastrophic consequences.
The World Bank has warned that 4 degrees "must be avoided. Global emissions are still rising each year. Whether any kind of stable, humane and just future—any kind of just society—is still possible.
But I think this is not quite the heart of the problem. It is very comforting to me to read and find this blog before I go to sleep because everytime I went to bed I always I mean always overthinking and just staring into nothing but after reading this, Things will change I WILL TRY everything. Reading this pozt reminds me oof my good old rom mate! I also relate to what you said about having potential, but not being able to show it because of my SA. An exclamation, similar to " holy shit ", but more offensive, also used informally for sex within a religious context. A monk had scrawled in the margin notes, "fuckin Abbot".
We know that if the governments of the world actually wanted to address this situation in a serious way, they could. Indeed, a select few, such as Germany, have begun to do so. It can be done—and at relatively low cost. And yet the fossil-fuel industry, and those who do its bidding, have been engaged in a successful decades-long effort to sow confusion, doubt and opposition —and to obstruct any serious policies that might slow the warming, or their profits, and buy us time.
For money. For political power. What, are you shocked? The same industry, the same people committing these crimes—while we subsidize them for their trouble—have been getting away with murder along the fence lines and front lines for generations. What is the proper response to this? How should I respond? No " scare tactics " or " hysterics ," please.
Cooler heads will prevail. Enjoy the Earth Day festivities. The cooler heads have not prevailed. The cooler heads have failed. How about this?
Masses of people—most of them young, a generation with little or nothing to lose— physically, nonviolently disrupting the fossil-fuel industry and the institutions that support it and abet it. Getting in the way of business as usual. Forcing the issue.
Finally acting as though we accept what the science is telling us. You want extreme? Coming to grips with the climate crisis is hard. So I ask again, in the face of this situation, how does one respond?