Category: Activism

Piece of the Pie Environmentalists

Piece of the Pie Environmentalists

It has been a few months since I put something in here and so it is time.

I have heard a lot lately about people who want to invest in renewables.

Renewable energy most prominently. This has given me pause, as it seems that the problems we are facing are much more severe than anything that can be helped by an alternative energy source. What is going on is so far past solar panels and wind turbines and electric cars. We are facing (A big crash of thunder) the near term extinction of the human race and you want a solar panel and a Prius. Really?

This has brought me to my knees. I have never in my life experienced such abject depression and so complete a lack of faith in humans. If the things that are going on around me are any indication than there truly is no hope.

The Orange Retard has done his job and anyone who thinks, for even a moment, that the damage he has perpetrated can be reversed by putting a few bought and sold democrats in office is beneath contempt.

I have been to Indivisible meetings and I have been to Resist meet-ups and I have been to meetings of The Citizen’s Climate Lobby and all I have seen is the “Protest and a Coffee” crowd. The people that go to these meetings, while apparently well intentioned, are not even close to the mark.

Instead of beginning the process of forming communities and gathering together resources and changing everything about their lives they are pretending to care, which in my opinion is worse than not caring, they are pretending to feel anger and pretending to want to help and pretending to fight all the while they are dismissive, arrogant and so full of themselves that they can’t see the problem when it is right in front of them.

They are not the future. They are not going to save anything. they are not effective in any way. But they cannot be told this because they don’t really care. They want everything to be alright. They want everything to go on as it has just without the bad stuff. They certainly don’t want to stop driving or going out for coffee or shopping at Sprout’s or Whole Foods or the local Farmer Market.

The issue is that they are as addicted as any oxy swilling hillbilly only their drug is industrial civilization and no one is going to come along and point that out, no one is going to try to get them into rehab because everyone else is just as addicted.

So, pull up your socks, strap on your helmet and do say goodbye to your children and let them know that all the pathetic, worthless things you did, you did for them.

When Your Children Ask

When Your Children Ask

…and they will ask, what are you going to say? When they look around at the petroleum soaked landscape are you going to tell them that you drove a Prius. When they struggle to breath are you going to tell them that you used a re-usable grocery bag. When they can’t find food are you going to tell them that you shopped at Whole Foods and went to Farmer’s markets. When there is no clean water are you going to tell them that you used biodegradable soap.

When they want to know what you did what are you going to tell them? Are you going to tell them that you just needed to make a little more money. Are you going to tell them that you didn’t think it was that bad or maybe that you just didn’t notice. While the world they have to live in is going up in smoke what are you going to say to them?

There is no time left to make half way decisions. There is no time left to pretend. There is no time left to make a little more money. There is no time left to pass carbon cap legislation. There is no time left to wait for the next election in the hopes that someone less bad will get elected. There is no time left for them and there is no time left for you.

If your children are important to you and if the world they have to grow up in means something than you will stop what you are doing right now and begin to do the work that needs to be done to insure that they have some kind of future.

No one is coming to save us. We are the people we have been waiting for and the future is up to us. So quit pretending to care and stop lying to yourself. Recycling won’t help. Voting won’t help. Farmer markets won’t help. ‘Sustainable energy’ won’t help. What will help is turning to your community, re-imagining what the future can be by thinking about what you want to leave as your legacy. It has been said that we do not inherit the world from the past, we borrow it from the future and until you start really thinking in those terms your children will look on you in disgust. They will turn away and know that, despite your claims to the contrary, you did not really care. Your concern was for yourself not them. You wanted things to go on just as they always have, even knowing that it was not possible you ignored it, and now the bill is due.

So go, right now, and look in your children’s eyes and tell them you are going to do something and then go do something¬† unless, of course, you don’t mind lying to them and to yourself.