This is great, but let’s be serious here. Those in power cannot be reasoned with. In fact, many of those in power that acknowledge that science and offer up pathetic responses that aren’t up to the task are just as bad as those that deny the science. If you are aware of an injustice or something wrong, you are morally responsible then to do something. The “leaders” of the capitalist West that acknowledge what is coming for us but then hold on to the capitalist system know full well the consequences of what they are doing. They seem to prefer capitalism and collapse to a post-capitalist system that is sustainable, democratic and equitable.
In fact, the entirety of the international economic system they have created in recent decades has been constructed in such a way as to undermine democracy, the environment, the commons, labor and financial regulations, public enterprises, etc. Maybe politicians in Europe are different, in some ways they are, but not enough to be open to a radically different economic system.
If we are facing an extinction event, then the left has to get serious about taking power and implementing radical changes very quickly. Revolution, in other words, social revolution in particular. A political revolution isn’t enough. In Greece, there was a political revolution when Syriza was elected, but because of its particular situation, because of the actions of the EC, the IMF and the ECB, and because of the structure of the EU and the EMU, and because of Syriza’s unwillingness to leave the EU, it never had a social revolution. I fail to see how the EU can ever possibly deal with the environmental crisis with the way they have designed their system. They simply don’t allow the state and state investments to lead in any way, and it is insanely naïve to think that private investment is up to the task at hand. In some ways, the EU is even less equipped, because of how it was created, to spend public funds on a massive infrastructure project needed than the US is.
It’s simple. Social revolution or death. The time to reason with those in power was two decades ago. They didn’t respond, they will not, they chose capitalism. If people can’t deal with this reality and move beyond capitalism, they have to explain in detail how capitalism will address the environmental crisis. As someone with a strong background in this, I can assure you, that isn’t possible.