Posts tagged “climate change”

Climate Camp just says no…to London cops

Climate Camp's response to the London Metropolitan Police

The London Metropolitan Police asked Climate Camp to reveal the location of their next camp so that a “proportional policing operation” could be planned. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Climate Camp replied with the above video.

Context: Climate Camp is a lawful, peaceful gathering of people (old, young, men and women) to talk about alternatives to environmentally devastating ways of producing and consuming. Earlier Climate Camps have been met by unprovoked and savage police assaults and harassment.Cory Doctorow

This is a story about the power of social networking to realize change, a story about the shortcomings of a police state, a story about people standing together in the face of oppression. In short, a story about the power of people; a fantastic modern tale. Let’s hope it has a peaceful conclusion. Regardless of your view on climate change, peaceful assembly must be supported in ostensible democracies such as the United Kingdom.

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Good news! Climate change isn’t your fault!

The Great Global Warming Swindle

This is a very interesting look at the “global warming” phenomena from BBC’s Channel 4. It showcases the argument that the changing climate of the Earth has almost nothing to do with mankind, an argument that you rarely hear discussed in any sort of detail in mainstream media, especially in the United States. It also delves into the political history of the issue, highlighting the comical political pairing of Margaret Thatcher with extreme leftists and the anti-humanitarian implications of the movement for the third world. It is definitely worth watching.

Thanks, Joel!

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Finally, elected official understands “green”

I am hardly a poster child for the “green” movement. I’ll just come right out with that from the beginning. I don’t recycle in my home, I have multiple computers that are almost always on (yeah, yeah, wake-on-lan, I know) and my car is a 2002 vintage South Korean. But that doesn’t mean I don’t think green.

In fact, I think I should be the target of every “green” technologist out there. I am educated, middle class and I want to be green but the barriers to entry are just too high. Well, they aren’t that high, but they are too high when coupled with my laziness. Honestly, is it worse not to recycle or to take my recyclables, in my South Korean hoopty, to my friendly Wal-Mart recycling center so that monolith can profit from my canned goods and cardboard? This isn’t a straight-forward decision. Multiple crusades intersect at this point.

That being said, it fills me with a glimmer of hope when I hear elected officials, wherever they may reside, talking frankly (and correctly) about these issues. In an interview with CNET’s Elsa Wenzel, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom illustrated the attitude we all need to have about the so-called “green” movement: good, not great, so now what? In particular, I love his response to the possibility that global warming isn’t happening. (Ed: don’t get me started; when you can’t trust the government, all questions become valid)

Why should we breathe the fumes of other people’s cars? Why not clean the air? Even if there’s not global warming, there’s an inherent benefit that accrues in terms of health care costs. Taxpayers are all the beneficiaries.

Why wouldn’t we do green buildings to reduce our energy costs? Do we like not being able to develop on Hunter’s Point Shipyard? Why wouldn’t we want to invest in technologies to clean up toxic waste so that at least we can create an economic stimulus and take back some of those problems?

There’s nothing we’re doing that we shouldn’t be doing anyway. Period.

Here’s to you, Gavin. Slainte!

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