Wednesday, June 15, 2022

What projects can help us reach climate goals?

Alicia Elliott writes:

"The most recent report claims that rich countries must end their oil and gas production entirely by 2034 — 12 short years away — in order to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius and give poorer countries time to replace fossil fuel income. Considering how reluctant our world is to give up fossil fuels — or, more directly, the money made by fossil fuels — it's hard to see this happening."

In a 2018 article, Casey Williams explained that "Climate change doesn’t describe a single future catastrophe, but a slow and uneven unraveling, a drawn-out apocalypse that began long ago and that will stretch to an end that probably won’t feel like much of an ending at all." It affects different people differently. "For the wealthy and well-connected, climate change will not feel catastrophic most of the time." Therefore, to address climate change may be to address "the everyday injustices that make the present unbearable for so many."

Faron Sage says,"Projects like Moral Imaginations and Thrutopia and activists like Rob Hopkins and Manda Scott are creating a wonderful ground swell of imaginative possibilities that are profoundly necessary to fire our collective inspiration."

Kathryn Schulz, writing in 2015 about earthquake anticipation or "ecological reckoning" in general, said: "apocalyptic visions are a form of escapism, not a moral summons, and still less a plan of action."

Earth seen from space

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