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What Can You Do When No One is Paying Attention?

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Some days ago, I sent the following to my “Climate Action Network” list. That spurred a conversation with Nancy B of NH, who’s initial question is the title of this post. I include her comments below. We are open for other thoughts – indeed, this is a pressing concern, as Presidential and other campaigns pick up steam, as climate commitments fail to be made, and so on…

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OK. So I see that the Catholic pope has spoken at the Durban Climate talks. That’s good… Right: the talks are coming up… No, they’ve been going on for a week already…

Now, I don’t watch much TV nor listen to much radio. So is it just me or is this important event lost on the American public? and are we – is the country – even engaging productively there? or have we essentially blown it off?

An interviewee on Charlie Rose the other night pointed to a WSJ article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203441704577068670488306242.html . “The U.S. Nears Milestone: Net Fuel Exporter.” I got lost in thoughts like: is domestic energy security already in-hand? is there that much oil, gas, etc. already available? are we trying to accelerate into peak fossil fuel times? how do Tar Sands and fracked gas truly figure in (perhaps only as cash cows, as I’ve heard some say)? …

My mother – Colette – pointed out another aspect: Here we are, selling coal and petroleum products around the world – while we should – or at least could – be shutting down the sale of those commodities in favor of climate stabilization. We’re literally throwing gasoline on the fire that is global warming…

Wasn’t Brazil being paid to avert de-forestation? Do we need to be paid – or otherwise forced – to keep our fossil fuels in the ground? because we aren’t smart enough to do it ourselves?

The concept of eco-cide was running around a few years ago. In a sense, the US is arguably engaged in eco-cide… A new term came to mind a few days ago: Eco-Vandal. The US as Eco-Vandal. Just sort of trashing the place. Definitions of vandalize include “intentional and malicious destruction of or damage to the property of another.” That sounds about right.