We Don’t Need a ‘War’ on Climate Change, We Need a Revolution- Global CooperationLeave a Comment
Eric S. Godoy and Aaron Jaffe NY Times THE STONE
This year is on track to become the hottest ever recorded, and a growing number of environmentalists are using a particular type of language in response. Some are calling for a huge “mobilization” to “combat” climate change. In an article in the New Republic in August, Bill McKibben, the unofficial spokesperson of the climate movement in the United States, insisted in very literal terms that, we are at war with climate change….Our goal here is not to attack McKibben so much as the rhetorical strategy that he, along with others, have made increasingly popular…
..Naomi Klein has called for solutions that go beyond the technological. ..We want to follow Klein’s lead in shifting the conceptual focus from technologies of power to relations of power. ..
…Like the arms races and technology gaps characteristic of the nearly catastrophic Cold War, such a national frame reinforces an us-versus-them mentality which reduces rather fosters much needed international coordination and popular organization. After all, even if we stop emitting today or if our renewable sector takes the lead, the world will continue to warm. A wider vision of global cooperation in which China, the United States and so many others work hand in hand to confront the global environmental challenges should supplant the narrow focus on American leadership….
…”Revolution” can be just as motivating as “war,” but a green revolution would center the human-nature metabolism over and against the drive for profits. It would answer the question McKibben leaves open, namely, how we get from green technology to more just ecological and social relations…
…Climate change demands not only a race to develop and deploy new energy technologies, but a revolution to democratize all forms of power — fossil fuels, wind, solar, but most important, economic and political power.