Much closer to what I wanted to read from Naomi Klein, albeit briefer (and hence easier to write, obviously)
Rebecca Solnit in Grist:
The climate in 2015: Everything’s coming together while everything falls apart
“Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings,” says Ursula K. Le Guin. And she’s right, even if it’s the hardest work we could ever do. Now, everything depends on it.
Nafeez Ahmed at Motherboard, a bit to the left of where I feel comfortable rhetorically, but with many very salient points:
The old and new paradigms can be clearly related to two quite different value systems. The first paradigm, which is currently in decline, is that of egoism, crude materialism, and selfish consumerism. It is a value system that, we now know from our best scientific minds, is on course to potentially lead to an uninhabitable planet, and thus, perhaps even species extinction (with many scientists arguing we appear to be at the dawn of the planet’s sixth mass extinction event). This suggests that this value system is actually dislocated from human nature, our biophysical environment, and the relationship between them.
In contrast, a value system associated with the emerging paradigm is also supremely commensurate with what most of us recognize as ‘good’: love, justice, compassion, generosity. This has the revolutionary implication that ethics, often viewed as ‘subjective’, in fact have a perfectly objective and utilitarian function in the fundamental evolutionary goal of species survival. In some sense, ethics provide us a value-driven benchmark to recognize the flaws in the old paradigm, and glimpse the opportunities for better social forms.
This isn’t going to be easy. Success is hardly guaranteed. But that which cannot be sustained eventually ends, one way or another. I hope we manage to be smart about it.