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  •  It's not hopelessness, it's urgency. (1+ / 0-)
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    It's realizing that small increments will not scale to address the problem in time. Ask any climate scientists, they just won't.

    Pretending they will gives people a false sense of security that if they use cloth bags instead of plastic or paper, everything will be ok.

    By all means, let's do those things. But let's be realistic that what we really need is a huge paradigm shift that  must involve government and business. And let's be realistic that traditional methods of electoral politics and appeals to representative government will not do it.

    Given all that, what are the options, assuming we want to avoid violence, which will come if we continue to stick with the traditional methods that lead to gridlock and teeny increments, at best. Given that, now what?

    Mindfulness is the first necessity of sanity and survival and the first casualty of Consumer Culture.

    by Words In Action on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 08:47:26 AM PDT

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    •  The Great Lakes were dead a couple of decades (0+ / 0-)

      back, DDT was killing most songbirds in the USA, San Francisco Bay was a total loss.  Small actions reversed those ecological disasters because hope-the return of one species- energized more action.  

      I quit donating to the 16 ecology groups I was supporting for 10 years because I got a "It's hopeless!  We're losing!" letter from each group twice a month.  I returned to NRDC when they started compromising, negotiating and winning.  The victories were not pure, they took into account the cost to locals that pure victories would result in, they did things incrementally and taught ranchers, for instance, that wolves did not target healthy cattle they winnowed out the sick and weak.  Resistance dropped, more wolves were tolerated as the facts won out.  

      It's damn urgent, and scaring the shit out of people increases their resistance and their apathy.  Once you learn that your power usage decreases with thermostat changes(my friend went from $430 a month electric bill to $155) you enter a new thought process.  Conservation is good!  Pretty soon you wonder why that Mall is at 65 degrees all summer, or why you keep a sweater at work, then you wonder why West Texas isn't planted with solar arrays, then you demand lower prices and less pollution.  

      Urgent means nothing when you've so totally terrified people they refuse to think about it.  Human nature has to be taken into account if you really want to win.  Mother Nature is also resilient as all hell, and those small actions can pay off hugely, quickly.

      I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

      by I love OCD on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 12:49:22 PM PDT

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