Is the climate crisis is getting so severe that civil disobedience is justified to compel the federal government to confront the fossil fuel lobby? This is the question that was raised at a recent panel discussion “Blessed 350″ at the Commonwealth Club. The panel was moderated by Greg Dalton. The full audio is available at climate-one.org.
My name is Gary Latshaw, PhD and I wanted to share my notes from this event with as many people as possible; I believe you will find the thoughts expressed by the authors very interesting. My notes are presented to you here in the form of bullet points. Please chime in with your views and feelings about these issues in the comments and let’s have a discussion.
Guests: Paul Hawken, Author, Blessed Unrest and Bill McKibben, Founder, 350.org. Both these authors are well-established environmental activists. The presentation was conducted as a panel discussion with the moderator posing questions to the two. At the end there was audience participation. I thought it was a very interesting discussion on climate issues – both the politics and the science. Here is what I captured. In parenthesis I have introduced some of my own thinking:
- “Problem is that government policy has artificially increased consumption. There have been tax incentives for home ownership and government subsidies for freeways to get to all the homes. Thus, we have created a housing/work transportation design, which is very carbon-intensive (driving long distances) and now that carbon based fuels are expensive, it is an expensive design. Nevertheless, studies show people in cities have twice as many close friends as those in suburbia.
- Financial meltdown will take 10-12 years. (I have heard this before. It is not clear to me that without substantial changes to our economy that simply waiting will relieve our problems. The Great Depression was not relieved for 12 years until (more…)