Mobilizing Society to Deal with the Climate Crisis
We can no more respond adequately to the climate crisis than we could have responded to segregation with individual action. Troops were sent to ensure that children could go to school. While racism persists, official segregation does not.
Imagine the United States trying to respond to World War II fascism without a coordinated government response. We needed to redirect our economy fast, and it wasn't going to happen through voluntary and individual action.
The climate crisis is very different from these chalenges, but no less serious. And a serious response requires that as a people, we gather together and redirect our economy and our energies to the task. Not only can it be done. The most important and first effort must be to retool our infrastructure for the greatest efficiency we can. This is an investment in the future that will pay off, and it is an investment in controlling climate change that will have the fastest payoff for the fewest dollars. Nothing else is as cheap and as fast.
Below are links to plans for such a mobilization from a variety of different organizations.
1Sky is a coalition of organizations with a plan to mobilize. 1Sky is dedicated to aggregating a massive nationwide movement
by communicating a positive vision and a coherent set of national
policies that rise to the scale of the climate challenge we are
confronting. It has been borne from the collective urgency and
determination of leaders throughout the country. Our movement has many
strengths, audiences and organizing strategies – 1Sky is aggregating
and magnifying our power. Read 1Sky's platform.
Step it Up planned the first Step It Up National Day of Climate
Action and is working to mobilize people for a serious response to the climate crisis.
The Heat is Online has a plan that involves three interacting strategies which include:
· In industrial countries, the withdrawal of subsidies from fossil fuels and the establishment of equivalent subsidies for clean energy sources;
· The creation of a large fund -- perhaps through a small tax on global commerce -- to transfer clean energy technologies to developing countries; and,
· The incorporation within the Kyoto framework of a progressively more stringent Fossil Fuel Efficiency Standard that rises by 5 percent per year.