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The Paris Attacks Make Climate Protests More Important Than Ever


The Paris Attacks Make Climate Protests More Important Than Ever

Nick Dearden

It will be deeply ironic if climate activists from around the world are among the first to fall foul of France's emergency powers. Of course, those campaigners have nothing to do with the brutal attacks on Paris last Friday night. On the contrary, they will challenge the unequal, unsustainable and militaristic policies on which terrorism has thrived.


ATTENTION: C.D. editors: You repeated the entire text twice and posted the article with this distortion. Mr. Dearden deserves to have his intelligent text properly relayed.


Dearden has it right. The climate justice movement demands an end to war. Here's what i wrote in another thread a day ago:

Tying the climate justice movement to the peace movement is critical.

The US military is (by some measures) the single largest institutional generator of fossil carbon to the atmosphere, and at the same time is primarily dedicated to the geopolitics of upholding Western control and extraction of fossil fuels. But leadership and public rhetoric of the climate justice movement have generally been silent on what should be a central focus: to end war and shut down the war machine.

And remaining stalwart right now in Paris, and going forward, is also critical. The powerful multi-sector anti-corporate globalization movement that helped stall the WTO after Seattle, called off planned protests at the IMF/World Bank meetings in DC following the events of 9-11, and never got its mojo back.

Now more than ever, it is critical to be forthright that climate chaos remains the primary challenge to humanity, and that we must end war and massively cut back the war machine as an indispensable component of climate justice.


It would be a huge mistake not to focus on things like changing light bulbs. Those LED bulbs can greatly reduce the need for power plants that use fossil fuels. Even more important are retrofitting entire buildings to make them ore energy efficient. The only way to win this battle is to greatly increase efforts to increase energy efficiency. Anyone who thinks that should not be a main focus is sadly mistaken.


There is some truth, but only if ELIMINATION of stupid energy use is also emphasized.

Historically, empirically, improvements in efficiency have not slowed INCREASED energy use, since the energy NOT used is then freed up, at lower cost, for other uses, in an unrestrained extractive and profiteering economy.

To work with your light bulb example, there are billions of lights burning that are serving no one. We could turn off most of the lights in the world with virtually zero negative impact on anyone.

Going forward, if people, society, businesses, governments, every participant in the entire economy do not learn to habitually cast a strong critical eye on EVERY use of energy, then improvements in efficiency will prove practically worthless in terms of reducing overall energy demand.

And war, of course, is the stupidest use of energy of all. Get on board the peace train Robert.


Peace would be wonderful for saving not only energy and greenhouse gas emissions, but also for saving many lives of humans and of wildlife. Maybe one way to save energy would be to tax greenhouse emissions and devote all revenue from emissions tax to buying fossil fuel reserves from too big to fail fossil fuel firms as mineral rights to keep carbon in the GROUND. Price increase of fossil fuel from both the tax and the purchase of fossil fuel as mineral rights to keep it in the ground would make renewable energy more cost competitive. So much so that it would be necessary to add another tax on all energy regardless of carbon footprint for revenue to continue to buy fossil fuel reserves as mineral rights to KEEP IT IN THE GROUND.