Bill McKibben Skyped with us for an hour in Torg 3100 -Last Tuesday – it was exceptional!
Here are a few noteworthy things he discussed:
Wrote About Climate Change since… before many of us were born. The Truth? We knew what we needed to know 20 years ago. The Carbon Science.
The story of the last 20 years – is the story of how hard and how fast that it is happening.
The question is how far are we going to move?
Climate change is not a future problem – it’s a present crisis we have to take on now.
“Connect the Dots” A global movement:
May 5th | with friends all over the world | BIG GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION | designed to draw attention to the urgency of Climate change
Highlighting: Consequences. Causes. Solution.
It’s more than one weather tragedy, there are multiple solutions, and we need to act fast – so we can do something about this.
We’re taking on the power of the fossil fuel industry -which is the richest industry the world has ever seen. We’re going to be taking on that industry, with battles like the Keystone XL Pipeline. We got to demonstrate the real people power. We’re never going to have enough money… so we have to make up for it in spirit, passion and creativity.
We won, temporally. But all environmental victories are temporary…
Even if we manage to block the pipeline – we’re not going to stop climate change. We have to figure out a more coherent strategy – like putting a price on carbon – to internalize the costs it puts on our atmosphere – that’s what the fossil fuel industry fears the most.
Why are subsidies such a bad idea? In education subsidies, we provide loans and grants to allow people to be smarter and wiser… and be a help to things. The reason not to pay subsidies to fossil fuel companies – (1) they are already rich – would we give subsidies and aid to already rich college students? (2) They have been doing this for 250 years now – subsidies are not going to help them get better at it. (3) We are subsiding the thing we want less of…
Politically and scientifically – lay of the land – where we are. This fight will keep intensifying. We have to keep the pressure up because we don’t have much time. We need you working hard now.
Civil Disobedience – college students should not be the main cannon fodder – Most people who were arrested in Washington DC for keystone were born in the FDR and Truman administrations
If you’re going to get arrested, come in your Sunday best – a visual way to say “in this fight, we are not the radicals, we are asking for it to work like it has been for the last 10,000 years.” The radical ones are the coal companies and oil companies who are willing to change the chemical composition of the atmosphere just to make money.
All over the world, in every county, there are rooms full of people like the one you’re in right now – ready to solve this.
Thank you for what you’ve done. Thank you for what you’re going to do.