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I try to toot interesting things related to #activism about #ClimateChange / #ClimateCrisis / #EarthBreakdown, from the perspective of #degrowth / #ClimateJustice / #sustainability. I'm one tiny part of #ExtinctionRebellion.
I can so relate to this excellent piece by Mary Annaïse Heglar.
"Here’s my confession: I don’t care how green you are. I want you in the movement for climate justice."
I thought for a while that meat substitutes would be the exception in ecological actions where a market solution just might work. I'm not as hopeful anymore.
Meat needs to be taxed to make it significantly more expensive than vegan alternatives.
"Carbon tunnel vision" coined by Jan Konietzko is an excellent term to describe a mindset I encounter all the time.
Climate change is a huge problem, but intimately linked to so many other problems.
Meanwhile in #Finland: there is hardly a whisper anywhere that Jorma Ollila – our revered executive of 90s Nokia glory – was the chairman of Shell from 2006 to 2015 and oversaw and led this destruction of our planet.
Eco-friendly startups are popping up everywhere and will save our planet, right?
Reality: "Climate, Energy or Sustainability" is only 2% of this (likely representative) batch. Compare that to 21% for fintech and you'll see investors' true priorities.
"Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination." -- Ludwig Wittgenstein
People are not consumers. Consuming more is not our duty.
There's not much information about this in English, but the Finnish media has reported this recently, e.g.:
Six Finnish environmental activists on their way to the Take Concrete Action protest in Gotland were detained in Stockholm harbor.
They were deported and punished with a two year entry ban. The reason? Planning to protest with no intentions to break any laws.
#Sweden's police is going down a dangerous path with their intimidation tactics. Getting detained and deported for the thought crime of planning to attend a peaceful protest is a human rights violation.
I think Julia Steinberger put it best here with the Principle 1 for ecomonics (and cooperation in general): "You don't have to fuck people over to survive".
Effective altruism is just philanthropy that devalues non-human life. These "spicy" responses are so telling.
"We should help other people" can never be as effective (sic) as "we should not exploit other people and nature to begin with".
2) De-emphasize science in activism. I'm guilty of overplaying the role of the scientific research in my writing. If we are ever going to build a global mass movement for climate action, knowing all of the facts by heart must not be a prerequisite.
Two climate communication lessons I'm trying to learn.
1) Open with a positive future worth fighting for and then bring the facts. Storming in with the depressing reality makes people freeze up. See: mental contrasting + implementation intentions.
I know I probably shouldn't be that surprised, and established intellectuals are people too.
Not even bothering to glance at the very first page of the 101 on the subject matter and instead jumping straight to publicly dunking on a whole branch of research?
I try to never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity, but I just might make an exception with Krugman.
I have no doubt that Paul Krugman is knowingly and deliberately making a straw man here.
In his role as protector of the hegemony, I'm also fairly certain Krugman will not engage with any of the #degrowth research in Hickel's replies.
It's just mind-boggling to me to see these brilliant people proudly showcase their intellectual dishonesty.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is auctioning later this week 30 oil and gas drilling blocks. These are located across the world's largest tropical peatlands.
This is an urgent global disaster and it needs so much more attention than it has received so far.
I'm just so disappointed that the new (VC-funded?) startup from hypercore protocol developers openly endorses bitcoins.
IIUC nothing cryptocurrency-specific should affect hypercore, but this does make me question if I should be involved with the P2P protocol either.
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