Ten seconds of Peak Greenwash that have got me all ranty,
Remember when Notre Dame burned people donated $1 BILLION in less than 24 hrs? Well the Amazon Rainforest has been burning for the last 3 WEEKS and there’s almost no media coverage. The Amazon produces 20% of our oxygen. #PrayforAmazonia #AmazonRainforest pic.twitter.com/nlh4JIGpWU— José Fernández (@jose_miguel_fdz) August 21, 2019
Wildfires in the Arctic often burn far away from population centers, but impacts are felt around the globe. "What we’re seeing is an accelerated fire cycle: we are getting more frequent & severe fires and larger burned areas,” says a @NASAEarth researcher: https://t.co/ThW4Zp3x6e pic.twitter.com/eDtCRZ2ISJ— NASA (@NASA) August 17, 2019
We will not be able to eat electric cars, or breathe them. This shit has to stop and it needs us to make it stop. Greenwashed BAU is a death trap.
All our efforts should be going into reducing all GHG emissions as much as possible as fast as possible, and protecting biodiversity as much as we can.
This excludes all the wasted embodied energy and materials that go into making retractable car chargers, because extracting those materials, processing them, building with them, cleaning up the waste produced through the whole lifetime of each charger, emits carbon and other GHGs, and destroys nature. We urgently need to use systems thinking, looking at cradle to grave of everything we do.
Someone has put a lot of thought in that retractable charging system. Forty percent of Brits live in streets with no off street car parking and therefore nowhere to charge their EVs at home. Here’s the problem though. We don’t have the time to use our rapidly shrinking carbon budget on technology that requires increasing complexity of industry and is coupled to increasing levels of consumption. Had we started transition when the need was first recognised in the 70s and 80s, we might have had a chance, but those days are long gone.
Repeat after me: all new cars need to be electric, we need to have far less cars than we do now.
We need to walk, bike, ride share, and use public transport as our primary response to the need to travel.
Our high tech industrial capacity needs to be reprioritised away from BAU lifestyles and into future proofing critical infrastructure. Humans can live without everyone having a personal car. We can’t live without good food supply chains or housing that withstands extreme weather events and sea level rise.
We need to share our carbon budget, technology, brain power and time with countries that are struggling to provide food, shelter, health and education to their people. We need to stop running our societies as if there are no limits on nature. We need to stop pretending that we’re not in major overshoot in almost everything we do.
If this seems too hard to contemplate, consider that thousands of people have been thinking about this for a long time and many have been putting these things into practice. Much of what we need to do is already possible. Our biggest blocks currently are denial and fear.
If you want to act, join Extinction Rebellion, find your local Transition Town, seek out and support the progressive local body election candidates that already have a solid history of sustainability and resiliency work, garden, agitate, rebel. People who are doing those things are the ones that know what to do next.
Meadows, Meadows, Randers, and Behrens wrote The Limits to Growth in 1972.