A loud message is coming through the new UN climate change report – it is time for us all to radically change our lifestyles.
The significant report has painted a bleak picture of what is ahead without swift action, and the window for avoiding the worst is closing further every day.
Within two years, greenhouse gas emissions need to start declining.
One of the most important myths spread by Climate Deniers and their corporate enablers is the lie that collective lifestyle changes by us all can stop climate change.
It’s the grand Keep America Beautiful scam. That 1970s campaign used the tears of a native American Indian crying at all the littering to hammer home the message that pollution and littering was an individual responsibility, certainly not something that required legislation.
This lie, that individual action can change the environment is an important fiction to progressives who want to give activists something positive to hope for but most importantly this lie allows the polluters off the hook!
You cycling, not eating meat, recycling and catching a bus won’t fucking change the horror apocalypse in front of us, because the real issue are the mega corporations who are benefitting from our consumer culture addiction!
Just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to a new report.
The Carbon Majors Report (pdf) “pinpoints how a relatively small set of fossil fuel producers may hold the key to systemic change on carbon emissions,” says Pedro Faria, technical director at environmental non-profit CDP, which published the report in collaboration with the Climate Accountability Institute.
The report found that 25 corporate and state producing entities account for 51% of global industrial [greenhouse gas] emissions and all 100 [fossil fuel] producers account for 71% of global industrial [greenhouse gas] emissions.
It’s not about you becoming a flexitarian and championing bike lanes FFS, it’s about mega corporations being allowed to profit from the end of the fucking world!
Blaming consumers who have been addicted to this cheap dirty energy and not the dealers for building the infrastructure to exploit that addiction is a clever distraction from demanding radical reform of those mega corporations.
Look, sure, get a bike, catch public transport, recycle and eat less meat. Think of them as weekly prayers and rituals to post growth our lives and culture, go for it.
But don’t pretend those rituals and prayers will significantly postpone the climate crisis tipping points and catastrophic events if the mega corporations are not curtailed.
Thankfully that’s what Mike Smith is doing!
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