So one line of attack could be to expose (by Wikileaks or similar) the details of the 1% and repeatedly GO TO THEIR HOUSES AND OFFICES, with pickets, blockades, sabotage, threats and property destruction..
Most of us are stuck in our routines of work and family and can’t see being evolutionary heroes. But there’s lots we can do.. Greta Thunberg comes to mind. First we need to educate ourselves, reading up on the basic info, countering rightwing climate deniers, flooding the social media with factual reports and insights, in order to counter the giant steamroller of media ”normality” that envelops our lives.
So far its mainly young middle class people shouting about the climate emergency. We need a generalised uprising to force a change in the capitalist system. It’s hard to see how this can be done, and done in time.
The yellow vests revolution springs to mind, rejecting a top down capitalist/fascist structure for one in which all views and participants take part. But even that is too limited….
SEE ALSO ::–Tim Flannery: people shocked about #climatechange they should be angry |The Guardian #Auspol #Qldpol #NSWpol #ClimateStrike #ClimateEmergency #StopAdani We’re Stealing our children’s future! The author and scientist, who has returned to his roots at the Australian Museum, says the world is about to see a major shift towards climate action
Its like 2 trains about to crash head on, with the drivers constantly urged to speed up, to use up fasterv the dwidluing resources and environmental capital. Growth is king, all the media worship growth. Faster, faster or we face an Economic Crash. Ignoring the plain fact of the Mega Crash of climate chaos.
Infinite use of resources, as assumed and necessary under capitalism is obviously impossible on a stricken and strictly finite planet.
In this context it’s also key to prepare urgently for a simpler and surely a better life when the trains collide head on. Do you agree?
If so one thing we should try to:
- Oppose the whole mindset of capitalism and patriarchy.
- Move out of the great city trap.
- Attack and unmask and morally discredit the system, billionaires, banks corporations and States.
- Organise and defend locally without hierarchy or central control.
- Look for access to arable land, (most food worldwide is still grown on local plots).
- Prefer technology we or our network can build and repair ourselves.
- Eat little meat or go vegan.
- Use local money, free goods, exchange and barter.
- Strive for energy independence.
- Organise in work unions without hierarchy or paid officials … etc
About pacifism, which they always exploit to control and defuse environmental movements. We can avoid this by organising locally and autonomously (like for example 350.org) refusing a leadership structure which always sells out. In this way we let genuine pacifists to do their thing, while the majority can practice Direct Action, including morally justified violence, while respecting human and animal life.
- SEE ALSO
- Activist: It’s OK to break laws for climate change – YouTube
- Breaking the Rules: Doing Right Means Sometimes Ignoring the
- Should you be allowed to break the law to fight climate …?
- Climate Necessity and the Future of Environmental Dissent
- The Climate Necessity Defense: A Legal Tool for Climate Activist
Cyclone Idai is not a natural disaster; the storm was made worse by climate change, centuries of colonialism, and continuing international injustices.
There are at least three major ways that the Mozambique floods are related to climate change: First, a warmer atmosphere holds more water vapor, which makes rainfall more intense. Idai produced more than two feet of rainfall in parts of the region — nearly a year’s worth in just a few days. Second, the region had been suffering from a severe drought in recent years in line with climate projections of overall drying in the region, hardening the soil and enhancing runoff. Third, sea levels are about a foot higher than a century ago, which worsens the effect of coastal flooding farther inland.
The number of cyclones and extreme floods in Southern Africa is increasing due to the change in weather patterns caused by global warming. Despite knowing that the impacts of global warming are devastating Africa, fossil fuel companies continue to expand across the continent, treating it as an open field.
Sometimes Fighting Climate Change Means Breaking the Law
A woman sees a child fall down a well, so she climbs a fence onto private property to save the child’s life. In the unlikely event that the woman were charged with criminal trespassing, her attorney would use a choice-of-evils defense, also known as a necessity defense, to get her acquitted.
He would argue that the child faced an immediate physical threat, and that it was necessary for his client to break the law in order to prevent the child from dying. But what if the threat were something less discrete than a well—the air, the water, the very ground beneath our feet?
What if it imperilled every child in a neighborhood, or on the planet? Would the necessity defense still hold?Last week, in a Boston municipal courthouse, thirteen defendants brought that question before Judge Mary Ann Driscoll……
Ending climate change requires the end of capitalism. Have we got the stomach for it?
Policy tweaks won’t do it, we need to throw the kitchen sink at this with a total rethink of our relationship to ownership, work and capital
Climate change activism is increasingly the domain of the young, such as 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, the unlikely face of the school strike for climate movement, which has seen many thousands of children walk out of school to demand that their parents’ generation takes responsibility for leaving them a planet to live on.
In comparison, the existing political establishment looks more and more like an impediment to change. The consequences of global warming have moved from the merely theoretical and predicted to observable reality over the past few years, but this has not been matched by an uptick in urgency. The need to keep the wheels of capitalism well-oiled takes precedence even against a backdrop of fires, floods and hurricanes.
Today’s children, as they become more politically aware, will be much more radical than their parents, simply because there will be no other choice for them. This emergent radicalism is already taking people by surprise.
The Green New Deal (GND), a term presently most associated with 29-year-old US representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has provoked a wildly unhinged backlash from the “pro free market” wing, who argue that it’s a Trojan horse, nothing more than an attempt to piggyback Marxism onto the back of climate legislation.
The criticism feels ridiculous. Partly because the GND is far from truly radical and already represents a compromise solution, but mainly because the radical economics isn’t a hidden clause, but a headline feature. Climate change is the result of our current economic and industrial system.
GND-style proposals marry sweeping environmental policy changes with broader socialist reforms because the level of disruption required to keep us at a temperature anywhere below “absolutely catastrophic” is fundamentally, on a deep structural level, incompatible with the status quo.
Right now we can, with a massive investment of effort by 2030, just about keep the warming level below 1.5C. This is “bad, but manageable” territory. Failing to put that effort in sees the world crossing more severe temperature barriers that would lead to outcomes like ecosystem collapse, ocean acidification, mass desertification, and coastal cities being flooded into inhabitability.
We will simply have to throw the kitchen sink at this. Policy tweaks such as a carbon tax won’t do it. We need to fundamentally re-evaluate our relationship to ownership, work and capital. The impact of a dramatic reconfiguration of the industrial economy require similarly large changes to the welfare state.
Basic incomes, large-scale public works programmes, everything has to be on the table to ensure that the oncoming system shocks do not leave vast swathes of the global population starving and destitute.
Perhaps even more fundamentally, we cannot continue to treat the welfare system as a tool for disciplining the supposedly idle underclasses. Our system must be reformed with a more humane view of worklessness, poverty and migration than we have now.
Unfortunately for our children, the people they have to convince of all this are the people who have done very well out of this system, and are powerfully incentivised to deny that it is all that bad. Already, Joke Schauvliege, a Belgian environment minister, has been forced to resign after falsely claiming that she had been told by Belgian state security services that “ghosts” behind the scenes were behind demonstrations in Belgium.
This conspiracism of the elite, these claims that genuine mass movement can’t possibly really exist and must be in some way being guided by agents provocateurs, is just one of the ways in which those currently running things have resorted to a kind of political gaslighting in an attempt to maintain their grip on power.
Gaslighting is a term I don’t use lightly, because it describes a genuine form of emotional abuse, where an abuser will deny reality in an attempt to get their victim to literally doubt their own sanity, and this should not be diluted by overuse.
Yet I struggle to think of another word that adequately sums up the way in which “sensible” adults are doubling down on their tactic of manufacturing a political reality which bears no relationship to the world we see around us. It’s the Marxism of Groucho rather than Karl: “Who are you going to believe? The serious political professionals or your own lying eyes?”
US Senator Dianne Feinstein’s meeting with schoolchildren petitioning her to take action over the issue went viral because of the way she condescended to them for, basically, asking her to leave them a planet behind to live on. “I’ve been doing this for 30 years,” she said, “I know what I’m doing.” The obvious response is, of course, that messing something up for 30 years is quite long enough, thanks. Long tenure without results is not the same thing as expertise.
This is a tough and bitter pill to swallow for the political professionals whose feet are firmly under the table. It is increasingly obvious that all their tactics have done almost nothing except run down the clock, but still they insist that it’s the young who just don’t get it and that things aren’t that simple.
They’re the living embodiment of the famous New Yorker cartoon, with a suited man sat in a post-apocalyptic landscape telling his young audience ..see below
Many of today’s climate strikers won’t even be 30 by the time the 1.5C deadline comes around in 2030. They are asking us to consider a simple question: is their future worth more than preserving our reputations? What will our response to them be?
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Extinction Rebellion is our only choice