Youth climate strike leader Greta Thunberg gave her support to a potential general climate strike, which would expand to the general population the movement she began last fall.
This is something I have imagined for a very long time. Just think what if everyone just stopped for 15 minutes, an hour or a day and there was total silence. Nothing moving, nothing making noise, just silence. Pretty hard to go back being “normal” don’t ya think? I think all protests should be in silence, total silence, we know whats wrong, we don’t need to be talking endlessly about it, do we?
From the article:
“This ongoing irresponsible behavior will no doubt be remembered in history as one of the greatest failures of humankind.”
I wish I shared her confidence that there will be someone left to write history, and someone left to read it. Chances are 50/50 at best, even if we do everything necessary as soon as possible.
But a general strike is an idea whose time is the eternal present. With that said, I would be far more optimistic if anthropogenic climate disruption were consistently and explicitly linked to its direct cause, capitalism.
Will corporate workers dare to risk their jobs in this economy by going on strike when unions, if any, are rendered toothless?
Between capitalism and socialism, there is a third choice:
Some clips from the article:
“general climate strike…” For what?
“we must take action” What action?
“until politicians meet the strikers’ demands.” What demands?
“to force politicians to act immediately to reduce fossil fuel emissions.” How?
“to force action to tackle climate change.” What action?
“force real and immediate change.” What change?
“a general strike for the climate” Demanding what?
“to ensure politicians keep their promises under the Paris agreement.” Well there’s a demand, with no specifics as to how to meet those insufficient goals.
“There will be no students learning! There will be no workers working! There will be no shoppers shopping! On September 27th we will shut down our world together!” And then?
“The U.K.'s active current support of new exploitation of fossil fuels, like for example the U.K. shale gas fracking industry, the expansion of its North Sea oil and gas fields, the expansion of airports, as well as the planning permission for a brand new coalmine, is beyond absurd,” Thunberg said.
Those can be turned into demands: STOP all new exploration of fossil fuels; STOP shale fracking; STOP airport expansion; STOP permitting coal mines.
“demands that lawmakers declare a climate emergency and act to reduce fossil fuel emissions to net zero by 2025.” A declaration of climate emergency could be a demand. But specifically how to reduce emissions?
“We need to do everything we can to put pressure on the people in power” To do what?
“a pledge from European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker to spend a quarter of the E.U.'s budget to mitigate the effects of the climate crisis.” That is a demand, and a pledge. But mitigation is one thing. Transitioning the economy is another. What kind of economy do we DEMAND? How do we get there? Whose lives change, how?
We need specific demands. We need to state SPECIFICALLY what we are demanding be done to the economy, to work, to our own lives, as well as to the structure of economic and political power.
Me, too! But more than just raising awareness (which is critical), we need to strike fear into the capitalists, and we need to appropriate their wealth to fund action. Let’s go after it, people!
Education about environment should go on – we’ll need to know a
lot of things – like how to plant HEMP and how long it takes to grow.
We’d need a lot of advice. Once in the pipeline we can all use it.
Stop cooperating with capitalism/corporatism –
STOP animal eating which will knock out a long chain of violence –
maybe even around the world?
If you heard the Banksters on C-span the other day at USHR Hearings
on C-span … you would also have caught the message that they understand
this and they are openly threatening us with “automation.”
It’s just a matter of a bit more time before that happens.
Web – I’m sure if you gave it some thought you’d recognize what is needed –
Oh i have loads of clarity about what is needed! i’m concerned that a mobilization without clear demands will not achieve much.
Bravo! We should have learned this from the Occupy Wall Street interlude.
There is a way to do this and it is called, Gandhian, total, non cooperation.
I like that idea, how can we do it gracefully? That to me is key.
I suggest looking to Native cultures, they survived 1000’s of years without our brand of garbage. Dry dirt farming has been going on since we started growing crops by design not by being hunter/gatherers. There are lots of little tricks the Navajo use to grow corn. It works small scale, maybe large scale as well?
The Anglo Saxon greed coupled with Jewish greed and opportunism have created this menace called capitalism. The best way to stop capitalist greed is by refusing to participate. If oil drillers don’t show up at work and dock workers refuse to unload freight, cops refuse to arrest, wall Mart employees quit work, Amazon Lockheed Martin etc, etc we will see change very quickly.
Yes and wheat cultivated using only the spring rains tends to taste the best. I know because I’ve eaten some.
I wonder by the time Greta is 50 to 60 years old she will be able to say: " I warned about this devastation as a young girl and very few listened, but they are now in a panic as millions of people are sick and dying all over the planet…including me!"
Occupy wallstreet had very specific demands, we even had a manifesto online.
It was a triumph of corporate mainstream media’s propaganda efforts that they managed to convince so many people that it was simply a bunch of angry clueless idiots without a plan of any kind.
More disturbingly it is not only industry that is being automated, but warfare.
The window to act is closing fast.