a political manifesto

APOCALYPSE LATER

"There are only two days in a year when you can't do anything. Yesterday and tomorrow." - Dalai Lama

very important things

by Fay Milton of "Savages"

We all seem to feel a sense of impending doom, with endless shootings, terror attacks, far right politics and nuclear war looming. And then there’s climate change. An unfathomable problem that, as much as we try to ignore it, isn’t going away.

My life was changed in early 2014 when I read This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein - I no longer just had a loose sense a looming apocalypse, I had the facts and evidence of Klein’s research and the power of her narrative in my mind to tell me this is real, this is really happening and there’s no time left to procrastinate. I wanted to do something, so I went to Paris for the COP21 talks and demonstrations, with the intent of making a short film about the climate movement. What I found was that the problem is so multifaceted, it can’t really be summarised, so the film turned into a series of interviews which could present different sides of the topic, and help to break it down into more manageable pieces. As I was just about to embark on 8 months of touring, I thought I would use this opportunity to speak to people from around Europe and North America and spread the expert and/or local knowledge they had.

Climate change is not just a problem of burning fossil fuels, but also a problem of capitalism, of white supremacy and of inequality. Luckily, we are also in an age where information spreads so quickly and that there has never been a better time for our society to evolve into one that has the knowledge to overcome all of these problems.

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A group of young people who are 8-20 year olds are suing the US federal government for, basically, wrecking their future. They have already won their first case, which allows them to advance to supreme court to defend their constitutional right to clean air and clean water. This is huge. They had hundreds of large oil companies lobbying to have their case thrown out, but it wasn’t, the judge ruled in favor of it moving to the next stage. If they win their case, then it will mean that the US government is legally bound to dramatically cut carbon emissions and water pollution. It would also open the doors of any number of youth groups suing corporations for damaging their rights to clean air and clean water.

Chris McKay is a planetary scientist for NASA. What jumped out at me about what Chris said, is that in around 20-30 years, the world’s coastal cities will start going under water, and before that happens, he didn’t think people would do much to prevent it.

Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.