Quote of the Day

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”

- Philip K. Dick

Comments:

  1. mt, I have no idea what or how this will work out, but cannot let it pass without remark; I'm told it's legit:

    Confronted with the most extraordinary and urgent crisis in human history, the time has come for tactics which are an accurate reflection of just what is at stake for humanity. While marching, petitions, letters to officials, and brave, noble front-line resistance of individual Earth-destroying projects are all tactics which are necessary, they are not enough.

    We hear everyday from activists and climate scientists that failing to cut carbon emissions in the immediate future will lead to an Earth which will not sustain human life during our children’s time or beyond, but absent actions which are appropriate expressions of the magnitude and severity of our situation, it is impossible for the people to cut through all the noise and propaganda about global warming in time to stop it from crossing the tipping point.

    What has, in the past, reliably broken through to reach people’s hearts has been the non-violent action of regular citizens giving all, when that’s what’s needed, and the sacrifices made by those determined to achieve justice.

    We intend to stand up from April 1 – April 30 and express with our actions, not our words, the urgency of a situation which any of us would gladly give our life to remedy. We will spend a minimum of 30 days and 30 nights fasting, praying, and hunger striking at the office of the American Petroleum Institute at 1220 L Street, NW, in Washington, DC, to give voice to the level of commitment necessary from all of us to give future generations a life.

    We ask you to join us.

    http://www.1future.net/

    • This bothers me:

      We hear everyday from activists and climate scientists that failing to cut carbon emissions in the immediate future will lead to an Earth which will not sustain human life during our children’s time or beyond

      The situation is dire enough without having to hyperbolize it. Doing so just detracts from their credibility.

      Had they said civilization as we know it, I wouldn't be complaining.

      • Yes but. Your phrase is much better and it's doubtful we are facing total extinction. However, continuing to compromise with the likes of AFP handicaps our chance of making the best of things. Being polite and acknowledging political reality doesn't seem to be getting the attention of people that matter. I think a spot of chicken littling is about due, because the sky is really falling, in a manner of speaking.

        My quibble with this is that it won't make a dent in the adamantine surface of the powers that be, not will it get the attention of our media-addicted society or stop a single misleading advertisement.

      • API, American Petroleum Institute. I guess I had Americans for Prosperity on my mind, hard to choose for causing harm. (I was going to say evil, but while evil will come of it, it's doubtful they see themselves that way.)

      • I find it hard to come to terms with the description of the consequences of global warming as 'the end of the world as we know it' with Stern's assessment of the costs of dealing with global warming if nothing is done and business continues as usual at less than 5% of GDP.


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