Resistance Is Not Futile

Pisonia with acidification graph 2009, Judy Watson, acrylic and chinagraph pencil on canvas, 214.5 x 191.5 cm

Pisonia with acidification graph 2009, Judy Watson, acrylic and chinagraph pencil on canvas, 214.5 x 191.5 cm

We have not seen him for a noticeable stretch of time, but glad to read the words of one of the singular voices of our generation, leading the charge, again:

In the third piece in the Guardian’s major series on climate change, Bill McKibben describes how relentless climate movements have shifted the advantage towards fossil fuel resistance for the first time in 25 years. But he argues triumph is not certain – we must not rest till the industry is forced to keep the carbon in the ground.

You can read previous pieces here

The official view: all eyes are on Paris, where negotiators will meet in December for a climate conference that will be described as “the most important diplomatic gathering ever” and “a last chance for humanity.” Heads of state will jet in, tense closed-door meetings will be held, newspapers will report that negotiations are near a breaking point, and at the last minute some kind of agreement will emerge, hailed as “a start for serious action”.

The actual story: what happens at Paris will be, at best, one small part of the climate story, one more skirmish in the long, hard-fought road to climate sanity. What comes before and after will count more. And to the extent Paris matters, its success will depend not on the character of our leaders but on how much a resurgent climate movement has softened up the fossil fuel industry, and how much pressure the politicians feel to deliver something.

The good news is, that pressure is growing…

Read the whole editorial here.

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