Climate Change with Global Warming as a Consequence.
The Raging Monster of Climate Change
Information about climate change and global warming: big, small, mundane and unfortunately often with Trump as a headline can be found everywhere – this last fact smashes dialogue and reduces climate change to the banal – because the headlines are all about Trump.
We can read a lot about the different ways that humankind is the source of the accelerated chaos of climate change. But information is not enough when the monster of climate is raging. We see this through storms, super-storms, hurricanes, along with epic floods and historic droughts that assault millions of The Poor and the poorest all over the world.
Many of us reading this article probably do not experience this monster firsthand where destruction of life, crops, homes and for ordinary people, future are amongst the consequences in many parts of Asia, Africa, South America and the polar regions. At some point, the rest of us sitting in parts of the world that do not currently experience dramatic climate change effects will do so.
Climate change, with global warming as a consequence, is the culmination of man-made impacts and it is so essential for us to understand that capitalism and a healthy future are incompatible.
It is encouraging to read interviews with Naomi Klein, a writer and activist who links climate change directly with capitalism. She looks towards future and what we, collectively can do to solve the problem. In an inter
view she said “our response to climate change could be one that systematically attempts to heal the wounds of colonialism and slavery, to close the gaps of inequality that scar our world”.
This is of course because climate change as an issue does not stand alone. What the rich and super rich do has direct and massive consequences on The Poor and the poorest. She points out that for two and a half decades we have been treating the climate issue as a technocratic problem. Technocrats bears no place here. She states that the reason why there are no real viable policies that lead to solutions to the climate change issue is that responding to climate change will cost a lot of money and it will require some of the most powerful and wealthiest interests in our society to become less powerful and wealthy. It is clear to her that to make meaningful change, capitalism is an ineffective system.
The world of tomorrow means that some of us will need to make do with less; fly less, consume less and have smaller homes, but the consequence of this is that many more will have a better life. Big changes are required from all of us.
Individual decisions to buy organic and second hand are good, important and necessary from a climate perspective. However these decisions and actions will not cut – or make an adequate dent in the impacts of climate change. The big question remains... what the hell can we do in the face of the raging monster of climate change? Some part of this answer lies within communities.
It will take a mass mobilization of people in all parts of the world… smaller groups of people gathering together with others to make change. 350.org with Bill McKibben in the lead, highlight mass mobilization of people through social media, through demonstrations and through the divestment movement (where students advocate that their universities do not put money into fossil intensive businesses). Information from 350.org is spread to people at high speed through twitter, facebook, email and it is making an impact.
Another example of communities taking matters into their hands happened in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. It is clear, as with Hurricane Katrina, that the poorest in the communities experienced the slowest, and in many cases no recovery process; often unaided by government response units. During both storms it was the mobilization and leadership from communities that offered the biggest and most efficient relief support.
These efforts made the multi-fold personal disasters a little less traumatic by providing people with what they needed, and keeping up with the needs day-by-day. We can see countless examples in the film ‘Demain’ or in English ‘Tomorrow’ where concrete solutions at grass roots level of community gardens, urban gardens, local currencies and the biking culture of Copenhagen are highlighted that show how activists and concerned citizens are aiming to make the world a better place.
Lets find ways together to keep moving forward with this issue and to keep debating it. Our future, and that of our children, really does depend upon it!
By Tina Whittington, Headmaster