We have [...] arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.
— Carl Sagan
26 February 2012
19 February 2012
An international law of ecocide would make corporate CEOs and heads of state legally responsible for their destruction of Earth. People and planet would come before profits. (See the video below.) Of course, it will be a big help if we can get the economics right, requiring corporations to internalize the cost of social and environmental damages they cause, which they are now allowed externalize (one example of indirect subsidies to these companies), before pocketing their profits. A simple change to the corporate charter everywhere would level the playing field — and make ecocide economically fatal.
And to get a sense of the type of destruction Polly Higgins is referring to, watch this trailer for the four-segment movie, Fever, by LifeMosaic. It's a four and a half minute heartbreaker.
12 February 2012
Nowhere to run to, baby
Nowhere to hide
Got nowhere to run to, baby
Nowhere to hide
04 February 2012
The fastest way to get to a zero-carbon economy would be for governments to stop giving hundreds of billions of dollars in direct subsidies (our tax money) every year to the fossil fuel industries around the world (up to $ trillion per year if we count indirect subsidies, like the externalization of social and environmental costs). If governments immediately switched those direct subsidies to perpetual (non burning) renewable energy technologies, and stop allowing fossil fuel corporations to hand off environmental and social costs to society (indirect subsidies), we would see an overnight change in investments. Green jobs would become the high paying jobs — and we might have a fighting chance to stave off the most catastrophic climate change impacts. Tragically, the fossil fuel lobby will fight any movement in this direction to the bitter end.
I feel for your generation. I cry for the children's generation. It's why I do the work I do. But we still seem to be coming at these problems and solutions as if nothing has changed — as if Big Money hasn't proven itself evil, as if the climate feedbacks haven't kicked in already in the Arctic, as if our food security isn't *really* threatened. I don't want a calamitous Russian Summer of 2010 to happen here in order for people to get what's at stake, but how do we get people to understand the threats otherwise? Unless we're creating community and learning how to grow food together in an unstable climate, we might not be resilient enough to withstand what's coming when the Arctic summer sea ice disappears and takes our northern hemisphere "air conditioning" with it.