In this video, the journalist Naomi Klein establishes the connection between climate change and the capitalist economy and explains why we have to come to terms with it on a collective level rather than by finding individual solutions:
“Climate Change is the essence of a collective problem. The enviromental movement responded by personalising the problem: ‘you recycle’, ‘you buy a hybrid car’ or by business-friendly solutions like cap+trade and carbon offsetting.
That doesn’t work!”
“Let’s rebuild by actually getting at the root causes. Let’s respond by aiming for an economy that responds to the crisis both [through] inequality and climate change. You know, dream big.” Naomi Klein
Klein also explains the story behind the “Do the math” movement which she initiated together with Bill McKibben and which was based on the report of the Carbon Tracker Initiative which I explained in an earlier post. The initiative attacks the fossil fuel companies directly and invites especially universities and other public institutions to withdraw their investment in such companies.
“Your business model is at war with life on this planet.” Naomi Klein
What really shocked me is the fact that the number of US Americans who believe that climate change is real and man-made dropped from 71% in 2007 to 44% in 2013.
I am really glad that we don’t really have to deal with climate denial here in Germany. Climate change seems to be (more or less!!!) consensus over here.