the climate strike

I love to visit Kottke. I find the subjects the site author writes about fascinating, and the writing to be consistently excellent to top notch. Today he decided to go on strike over global warming (I refuse to use the less threatening phrase “climate change” because global warming is the root of all our climate woes, and it’s a phrase foisted upon us by the right, when they’re not busy trying to deny it’s happening). That’s nice.

I can appreciate the power of a strike action, but only if you’re physically in the strike and manning the picket lines and doing whatever else is necessary to make the strike meaningful and successful. Putting up a special page and only serving that page over a 24 hour period is nice, but in the end, it will achieve very little. As Bill Gates said about fossil fuel divestment, these “strikes” are a ‘false solution.’

I keep reading one article after another documenting the whole-sale slaughter of life on earth, from birds to salmon and beyond. What we need are real solutions, and I don’t mean more tech piled on tech. I do mean making a serious effort finding solutions to save out planet and how we do it. We’re lazy; we want a solution to fix all our problems without any consequences, so we can keep on doing what we’ve been doing, business as usual. We can’t do that anymore. We never could.

2 thoughts on “the climate strike

  1. I couldn’t agree more.
    Which brings us to problem #1: getting 7 billion+ people to agree there is a problem.
    Oh well, it was a nice planet while it lasted.

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    • The biggest problem we have isn’t with all seven billion, but all the first world countries that represent a much smaller population, that will even harder to agree. We are the group with the most to lose either way.

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