Sunday, September 21, 2014
The environmental movement faces two tremendous challenges. It is calling upon companies like BP and Exxon to leave trillions of dollars' worth of fossil fuels in the ground, because burning those fuels will raise the global temperature to an unsustainable level. Another challenge comes from our corrupt political system, in which massive polluters like the Koch brothers pay legal bribes to politicians in order to continue polluting on a massive scale, as well as fund climate-denial "research" that contradicts the overwhelming scientific consensus confirming climate change.
Despite these challenges, we can't give in to despair. There's too much at stake. While demonstrations alone aren't enough to stop climate change, they are part of changing the popular consensus. Marches were a crucial tactic in the Civil Rights and anti-war movements of the Sixties. It was heartening to see hundreds of thousands out in the streets today demanding changes that are key to human habitation and survival.
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