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Transformative Climate Action Is Possible—If Polluters Stay Away

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Transformative Climate Action Is Possible—If Polluters Stay Away

Patti Lynn

Last year was a groundbreaking year in the public conversation about climate change. Last February, The New York Times reported that a record percentage of Americans now believe that climate change is caused by humans, and there was a 20 percentage point rise in “the number of Americans who say they worry ‘a great deal’ about climate change.”

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From the article:

“…right-wing smear campaign, coordinated across conservative media…”

Butbutbut…I thought we were in thrall to “liberal” media? You know, run by leftists and hippies?

Oh.

Never mind.

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Polluters have gotten virtually everything on their wish list since forever.

So why the hell would they stay away? Everything’s coming up profits.

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Transformative Climate Action depends on us, not lobbyists. We’re the ones who must decide what research is likely to pay off, OR, no one will make these decisions and of course the lobbyists shall have their way. Either we exhibit the intellectual integrity or it’s nobody, and that’s a bad road.

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Exon-mobile wants to create carbon-less trees to help save the planet. Let’s hope they work on hybrid oil and coal too.

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We are the polluters. We buy the stuff polluters make. We vote for the politicians that support militarism (the mangled, burnt human flesh industry), by far the most polluting industry.

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Exactly. What is this, an appeal to the better nature of ecocidal psychopaths?

Mama keeps banging away: “Hello? Is anyone down there paying attention? How about if I submerge Iowa?” Meanwhile, very few seem capable of reading the gigatonnes of tea-leaves. I guess Mama will just have to keep it up for the rest of our lives.

It won’t happen soon, I know. But could Mama do anything to persuade us to stop? The immediate culprits, those who extract fossil fuels, need to be prosecuted as criminals belonging in the ninth circle of Hell. The one crime worse than a crime against humanity is ecocide, against Life itself. Lesser demands and grovelling to the predators are sickening.

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The fossil fuel industry receives a lot of criticism these days, and rightfully so. But in the final analysis, we are the ones who support the energy industry and it is our standard of living that will need to change. So contemplate what you can do for the cause

Personal Actions

End our love affair with the automobile

Ride more trains and buses

Car pool

Walk and bike more

Turn off the air conditioner in the summer and dial the thermostat down in winter

Become vegetarians or vegans

Refill plastic water bottles with tap water

Discontinue using aluminum cans with and without carbonation

Maximize use of reusable bags and products

Recycle junk mail

Forego fast junk food

Go to “slow food”;

Recycle maximally, especially aluminum cans

Drive and accelerate more slowly

Climb more stairs

Plant more trees

Forego use of spray cans

Ride more trains and buses

Repair, mend and alter as much as possible

Buy solar panels

Compost as much as possible

Last person out of the room turn off the lights

Eat and farm organic

Ride more trains and buses

Fly fewer planes

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Use manual tools instead of power tools

Share more

Use rakes rather than leaf blowers

Decrease use of bottled water and refill plastic bottles with tap water

Maximize reusable bags and products

Push rather than power small mowers

Replace lawns with vegetable gardens

Stop fertilizing and mowing lawns

Compost as much as possible

Minimize use of disposables (Pampers);

Maximize high efficiency LED and solar powered lighting;

Limit endless gadgets

Use motion lighting, where appropriate

Decrease consumption

Limit family size

Local Government Actions

Reorganize cities, building taller residences with a smaller footprint (the end of suburbia)

Institute a carbon tax

Promote car pooling subsidize and expand mass transit

Expand bike paths

Have shareable (zip) cars

Ban electric outdoor signs;

Eat and farm organic

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Eliminate approximately 50% of all street lighting and office lighting in unoccupied buildings

eliminate “fast junk food”; go to “slow food

replace

Federal Government Actions

Ban gasohol

Rein in the militaries for defense only and outlaw war

Discontinue night baseball

Make electronics, house wares, furniture, etc to be as durable and long-lived as possible

Recycle maximally

Make appliances to be as energy efficient as possible

Discontinue aluminum cans

Ban electric outdoor signs

Maximize solar and wind power;

Change from petroleum based fertilizers to regenerative agriculture

Reverse deforestation, plant more trees

Restrict spray cans

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Promote zero population growth with free condoms and family planning world-wide

End yearly auto model changes;

Proscribe junk mail

Scrap the mission to Mars

Adjust tax laws to limit family size

Promote limiting world population growth

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