I wanted to share three excellent pieces I read this morning which are all calls to action in different ways; why the charge of hypocrisy is typically facile and obtuse, what it might take to overcome despair at global politics, and what stops us realising that climate change really has very little to do with 'the scientific consensus':
1. Excellent piece by Zoe Williams: "The aim is to work towards better systems, not exist in this system as superior people."
A really important point that has been on my mind for ages about why casual attacks on the perceived hypocrisy of campaigners of various sorts not only miss the point, but tend to be facile and obtuse. Anybody who decides to profess to care about anything and to try to change it dramatically increases their risks of being called out as a hypocrite. The only people safe from that charge are those who conform to narrow self-interest.
2.Excellent piece by Paul Mason: "To live in a world where every component of every item you possess is sourced from a global market, yet profess fatalism about world events, is not sustainable logic for a human being. World events will come to you in any case, as the Cardiff jihadis show."
A thoughtful overview of the current state of Global politics, and how to begin to overcome our perceived powerlessness. Mason is particularly good on what Humphrey Bogart's face in Casablanca tells us about the current inability of leaders to shape world events.
3.Excellent piece by Adam Corner: "One aspect of this debate that has received far less attention is whether a social consensus might offer a more powerful metric for conveying agreement than a scientific one. How many of us would stand firm in our belief 'X' if 97% of our friends, or those who we respected, thought 'Y'?"
It amazes me that people don't already understand this point. The climate challenge is not really about 'the science' at all - it's about how to communicate the meaning of the science at scale, and how to figure out what to do about it politically and economically. Adam is an academic specialising on the communication of climate change and works with the Climate Outreach and Information network who are a partner in our project on The Seven Dimensions of Climate Change.