Carbon offsetting is mostly a scam. The term needs to be reserved only for projects that:
a) increase net carbon sinks when taking into account the entire lifecycle emissions from construction and maintenance,
b) can be completed without violating any other planetary boundaries (biodiversity, fresh water, chemical pollution, etc), and
c) would not happen on their own without the offsetting project.
So reforestation of destroyed land, and almost nothing else.
The Spanish Minister of Consumer Affairs, Alberto Garzón, calls for #degrowth and eco-socialism in this fantastic, well-researched post.
It's so inspiring to see these ideas starting to break through also at the political level!
I've been sad to learn some western climate activists have started pushing geoengineering. This is bad idea for many reasons, but the biggest is that it's politically unwise. Advocating for a techno-fix will inevitably weaken demands for a system change.
Hello new followers! I've been bad at hashtags, which are crucial here for discoverability, so here's some of them.
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.
#IPCC WG III Chapter 5 is an ode to #degrowth. Focus on suffiency – "measures and daily practices that avoid demand for energy, materials, land and water while delivering human wellbeing for all within planetary boundaries" – is radical and inspiring.
Reading this article by Farhana Sultana on #ClimateJustice was so powerful in so many ways.
I got a long list of references on the many different viewpoints to #EarthBreakdown and colonialism.
I was philosophically challenged by the strong arguments for plurality of not only views and practices but knowledge, instead of seeking universality.
I was emotionally moved by the personal journal entries, skillfully included in an academic text.
For those who still refuse to let go, this report found out that
"[T]here are not enough minerals in the currently reported global reserves to build just one generation of batteries for all EV’s and stationary power storage, in the global industrial ecosystem as it is today."
Finland must stop accelerating Earth breakdown and funding Putin's war machine. Ban Russian coal and oil transit now. #StandWithUkraine
Breakdown on decoupling reveals the IPCC report text gives unwarranted green growth hopium the referenced science doesn't support: no country is nowhere close to a path to 2°C if GDP growth is maintained.
Did you know over 1000 scientists engaged in civil disobedience yesterday all over the world? This was massive: scientists are trained to be cautious, so getting this many to act should have been a top story.
Media coverage? Zero. An utter disgrace.
Timothée Parrique has the initial take on how #degrowth is featured in the report. This post lists only the direct mentions, but there are much more sections covering degrowth topics implicitly.
Overall the references are very powerful and revolutionary!
For those thinking that chapter 5 is about the same old carbon footprint we've heard for years, Amy Westervelt breaks down here how the research is much more systemic and powerful.
Why is that sentence too dangerous?
Might it be because it points directly at the massive scale lobbying by the fossil fuel industry for subsidies and drilling licenses, and also at the influence of the economic elite making sure capital accumulation continues?
Because Scientist Rebellion leaked the #IPCC Summary for Policymakers, we e.g. know now that:
"Conflicts between mitigation and other development objectives can act as an impediment to climate action and can be amplified by vested interests."
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