The #1 cause of climate change is the concept of “that’s mine” and it’s mathematical offspring “money”. It has all led to here. Claiming dominion over the Earth has dire consequences, turns out.
It’s ironic that they left one Five Eyes country for another.
We are plagued by the concept of property, of our power over the Earth and the things on it. This illusion has infected our species with a fever that leads us to the end, just as the Cree predicted.
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At last! Jacinda is an example of a wonderful leader, but she has been a bit slow and un-Aware of just how dire our situation is. Looks like she’s been doing some homework!
““We have not seen these declarations matched with ambitious enough targets or roadmaps to get there,” tweeted Ali Sheridan, a sustainability advisor in Ireland. “Less of the declarations and pledges, more of the measurable action please.””
That’s generally true. But Ireland’s grid is 28% renewable electricity, almost all wind. It’s connected to the UK grid, about 35% RE (half wind). (The US is about 18%) New Zealand’s grid is 82% RE (57 hydro, 16 geothermal and 5 wind) and it’s building more.
No country is doing this as fast as we need, but New Zealand is one of the 65 countries taking it seriously enough to have grids mostly supplied by renewable energy already. (At least 23 are at or near 100% RE.)
The main cause of climate catastrophe, as of all our crises, is Wetiko disease.
Seeing Wetiko: on Capitalism, Mind Viruses, and Antidotes for a World in Transition
The Bonds of Love: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, And The Problem Of Domination, Jessica Benjamin
Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection
Malignant Narcissism 4min. video
“Wetiko short-circuits the individual’s ability to see itself as an enmeshed and interdependent part of a balanced environment and raises the self-serving ego to supremacy. It is this false separation of self from nature that makes this cannibalism, rather than simple murder. It allows—indeed commands—the infected entity to consume far more than it needs in a blind, murderous daze of self-aggrandizement. Author Paul Levy, in an attempt to find language accessible for Western audiences, describes it as ‘malignant egophrenia’—the ego unchained from reason and limits, acting with the malevolent logic of the cancer cell. We will use the term wetiko as it is the original, and reminds us of the wisdom to be found in Indigenous cultures, for those who have the ears to hear.”
“When the house is on fire, there’s no point hitting the alarm without fighting the fire as well. Fighting the fire in New Zealand means tackling agricultural emissions.”
Agreed, but just want to point out/remind that White Supremacism’s tentacles have reached New Zealand, too; remember that mass shooting approximately one year ago…just nitpicking your (excellent) comment to say, in essence, be vigilant of White Supremacism worldwide, folks!
There are people who know what to do, unfortunately the people who know the least and are driven to do exactly the wrong thing by their mental illness are the ones in charge. We know what to do about that, too. we just need to continue.
(Hint: It’s not personal lifestyle changes.)