The Guardian is putting a lot of emphasis on the climate crisis in their coverage and they are vocal about the urgency of the moment. More like this please. CBC, I’m looking at you, ahem.
Greg Jericho, in a piece entitled Parliamentarians deserve our wrath for 30 years of inaction, not climate protesters:
At some point we need to get angry, but if your anger is directed at those protesting rather than at parliamentarians then I suspect you have consigned yourself to expecting nothing to change.
That’s fine, but own it. Realise if you are annoyed by them it’s because you have become more annoyed by protest than a lack of action.
Good to see The Guardian’s editorial on Friday that made clear they are siding against polluters in the ongoing discussions around the climate crisis. They call it “days of reckoning” and I love this kind of tone. It’s coming up more and more lately. I’m also thinking of Greta Thunberg’s “Right here, right now is where we draw the line.”
If your favorite news source has not kept you up-to-date on all the actions organized this week by the many Extinction Rebellion chapters around the world, fear not. Today they posted a great photo montage of what’s happened so far.
I follow the Extinction Rebellion site through Feedly and I’m impressed so far with the tone and candeur with which they drive their message.
My wife is reading Silence, a romance from the 13th century, and this passage seems prescient:
Assets are worth much less than manure:
at least dung enriches the soil,
but the wealth that is locked away
is a disgrace to the man who hoards it.
We should remember that, in the light of a changing Earth, as humanity needs to get away from capitalism and back to the root of what sustains it.
I don’t know if I would be willing to be arrested to make a stand for the climate crisis, so I have a lot of respect for those in Extinction Rebellion who do.
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are just one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
Opinion piece by Erin Gray and Calvin Sandborn in the Narwhal, claiming that fossil fuel subsidies cost $1,650 per Canadian in 2015:
[C]laiming to fight climate change while subsidizing fossil fuels is as crazy as brushing your teeth while eating Oreos.
Thoughtful words from Michael Chabon, who is stepping down as Chairman of the Board of the MacDowell Colony, about the place of art in today’s world. Surprise, it’s not to make the world a better place. Click through for the full account.
These feel like such dire times, times of violence and dislocation, schism, paranoia, and the earth-scorching politics of fear. Babies have iPads, the ice caps are melting, and your smart refrigerator is eavesdropping on your lovemaking.