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  •  climate denial is a symptom not a cause. (1+ / 0-)
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    AoT

    Stems from all the anti-environmentalist, pro-business, pro-industry 'American Dream' nonsense...

    People handle environmental issues better when they can feel it directly.  Dirty water.  Bulding on parkland.  Forest/wildlife loss.

    The climate umbrella is too big--I have always maintained that the way to global solutions is through local actions (and that means local framing as well)

    •  Climate change cannot be fixed locally (0+ / 0-)

      Some of what has to happen needs to occur locally, but we need to focus beyond the local.  Focusing too local has turned into NIMBYism and has ended up helping the well off and not helping the poor and marginalized.

      You may be right that the climate umbrella is too big, but if that's the case then we're in real trouble.

      The revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

      by AoT on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 05:55:00 PM PST

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      •  don't agree. I think that we had a much stronger (0+ / 0-)

        sense of 'environmental' issues before the 'global warming' frame took center stage.  Far stronger.

        I'm all in favor of a higher-level strategy, but the direct focus on 'climate change' as THE target has lost a LOT of people.  Even things like the ozone layer, rainforest decimation, recycling--those are big, but they made sense to people.  Climate change doesn't, because its symptoms are chaotic and basically infinite.  So people either ignore it, or get hyped up over some big event like a tornado, and then forget about it again.

        I think the focal shift has made matters much, much worse.  Local action (on environmental issues, say pollution) has an effect globally--albeit small scale.

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