Thursday, 12 March 2015

Climate change: keep it in the ground

Do you leave fossil fuels in the ground?
Futures Forum: Climate change: 'stranded assets' and 'unburnable oil' ...... or the pressures to leave oil and gas in the ground
Futures Forum: Climate change: "Conservatives don’t hate climate science. They hate the left’s climate solutions"

Do you divest from fossil fuels?
Futures Forum: Climate change: "industrial civilization headed for irreversible collapse"?
Futures Forum: Climate change... "Clean growth is a safe bet in the climate casino"
Futures Forum: "Exposing the futuristic fantasies deployed by the fossil-fuel companies"

The Guardian has launched a major series on these and other issues around climate change:

Climate change is the biggest story journalism has never successfully told. 
The Guardian’s editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger
has decided to change that.

In Greenland the snow has turned dark due to pollution. Photograph: Daniel Beltra

Thursday 12 March 2015 
Climate change is the biggest threat to humanity. Yet journalism has struggled for two decades to tell a story that doesn’t leave the public feeling disheartened and disengaged.
This podcast series lets you behind the scenes as the Guardian’s editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger, and team set out to find a new narrative.

If enough of us decide that climate change is a crisis worthy of Marshall Plan levels of response, then it will become one
Naomi Klein

Antony Gormley, EVENING IV, 2003, Carbon, casein and Indian ink on paper, 19 x 28cm © the artist
Friday 6 March 2015 

The Guardian is embarking on a major series of articles on the climate crisis and how humanity can solve it. In the first, an extract taken from the Introduction to THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING by Naomi Klein, the author argues that if we treat climate change as the crisis it is, we don’t just have the potential to avert disaster but could improve society in the process

Don't look away now, the climate crisis needs you | Naomi Klein | Environment | The Guardian

It is our great collective misfortune that the scientific community made its decisive diagnosis of the climate threat at the precise moment when an elite minority was enjoying more unfettered political, cultural, and intellectual power than at any point since the 1920s
Naomi Klein

Pacific Ocean V (Gladstones 4 Fish), Santa Monica, USA 2001 © Nadav Kander. Courtesy Flowers Gallery, London.

Sunday 8 March 2015 
The second in a major series of articles on the climate crisis and how humanity can solve it. In this extract taken from the Introduction to This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein, the author calls the climate crisis a civilisational wake-up call to alter our economy, our lifestyles, now – before they get changed for us. 
How will everything change under climate change? | Environment | The Guardian

Pressure is growing. A relentless climate movement is starting to win big, unprecedented victories around the world, victories which are quickly reshaping the consensus view.
Bill McKibben

Pisonia with acidification graph 2009, Judy Watson, acrylic and chinagraph pencil on canvas, 214.5 x 191.5 cm
In the third piece in the Guardian’s major series on climate change, Bill McKibben describes how relentless climate movements have shifted the advantage towards fossil fuel resistance for the first time in 25 years. But he argues triumph is not certain – we must not rest till the industry is forced to keep the carbon in the ground. 

Climate fight won't wait for Paris: vive la résistance | Environment | The Guardian

See also:
10 myths about fossil fuel divestment put to the sword | Environment | The Guardian
What is fossil fuel divestment? | Environment | The Guardian
Harvard's high-profile alumni join fossil fuel divestment campaign in open letter | Environment | The Guardian

Keep fossil fuels in the ground to stop climate change
There is nothing random about the pattern of silence that surrounds our lives. Silences occur where powerful interests are at risk of exposure.

George Monbiot
Minimum Monument, Nele Azevedo

In the fourth piece in the Guardian’s major series on climate change, George Monbiot argues that once coal, oil and gas are produced, they will be used. And yet, after 23 years of UN negotiations there have been almost no steps taken to stop the production – rather than the use of – fossil fuels

Keep fossil fuels in the ground to stop climate change | George Monbiot | Environment | The Guardian

See also:
Australia accelerates coal mine projects in the face of study that finds it should stay buried | Environment | The Guardian
Boris Johnson told to divest £4.8bn pension fund from fossil fuels | Environment | The Guardian
Why leaving fossil fuels in the ground is good for everyone | George Monbiot | Environment | The Guardian
Heirs to Rockefeller oil fortune divest from fossil fuels over climate change | Environment | The Guardian

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