We’re Addressing the Climate Crisis the Wrong Way

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“Every time the IPCC publishes a new report, they always seem to target governments to make changes. But the real targets should be these mega-regions which are ultimately dominated by the corporate elite. The corporate elite and their institutions are the ones responsible for how this world has been shaped.” — Chris Smiley of The Peace Report

The Peace Report on Oct 9, 2018

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released a report saying we need to make “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. We need to get our act together, and we need to do it fast!

Thanks for the support everyone! Here are some links to check out if you’re interested in more info:

IPCC Report

The Dozen Regional Powerhouses Driving the US Economy

How MegaCities Are Changing The Map of the World

Rise of the Mega-Region

America2050 Mega-Regions

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See also:

IPCC says 1.5° will be bad and 2.0° will be far worse, calls for radical change NOW by Ian Angus

UN report warns of catastrophic consequences of climate change within 20 years by Bryan Dyne

Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals by Martin Lukacs

From the archives:

Meet the One Percent: Peter Phillips’ Giants: The Global Power Elite by Marc Eliot Stein

We Now Live Under The Rule Of A Rentier Capitalism by Paul Street

Extreme Heat Could Make One Third of Planet Uninhabitable + Mass Media Fail to Link Heat Waves and Climate Change

Capitalism is Killing the Planet by Eric Schechter

Someone Tell A Reporter: The Rich Are Destroying The Earth by Paul Street + 20,000 Scientists Warn Human Beings Are On A Collision Course With Nature

Plastic Oceans, Poisoned Air, Criminal Neglect by Graham Peebles

The End Of The Road For Capitalism Or For Us All? by William Bowles

Chris Hedges: Radically Reconfiguring Our Relationship With the Planet

Trump, The Koch Brothers and Their War on Climate Science

Why and How to Bring Environmental and Peace Movements Together by David Swanson

Ian Angus: Ecosocialism: Why Greens Must be Red and Reds Must be Green + Q&A

13 thoughts on “We’re Addressing the Climate Crisis the Wrong Way

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  10. Couldn’t agree more; altho’ with tiny reservations….corporate globalism is literally toxic, no doubt about that ~ but it has utilitarian aspects we cannot deny, unless we are prepared to be blatantly hypocritical.

    Many, if not most of the products available in global markets (both literal and virtual) are sourced through corporate structures. Now I’d be the first to admit that many, indeed arguably almost all of these products may not be actually beneficial, in the final analysis; but the point is, there are also many forms of inculturated behaviour that are contributing to the denial of the damage being done.

    The problem is that the internationalist consumer tsunami is powered by greed not need; moreover, standards of ‘liberal’ (ie ecological) education and participatory politics are abysmally low.

    Until we shift our emphasis to rectifying gender disparity….and understanding the fundamental ecosytemic changes that must occur globally….we are operating in a potentially reactionary & ‘privileged’ echo-chamber, too easily dismissed and undermined by those with the PR resources to corrupt public awareness and distort fundamental scientific principles ~ principles that also necessarily apply to business ~ not the least of which are those cyclical, mutually interacting relationships & basic biospherical processes that actually sustain life.

  11. Chris Smiley has it almost right. He certainly is closer to right than most environmentalists — the ones who are (as he points out) targeting national governments.

    But no, the problem is not the corporations. The problem is the economic system, which makes the corporations behave as they do. Blaming it on the corporations is like saying “damn, we let some bad alligators into the swimming pool.” No, dude, the problem is not that you let bad alligators into the swimming pool. The problem is that you let alligators into the swimming pool.

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