A Survival Strategy for the
We, the young people of the Global South and Global North, assert the following:
- The Earth is now undergoing rapid ecological collapse;
- Without an effective emergency response we will suffer intensely and perish well before our time;
- Despite their full knowledge of the environmental cataclysm, social rulers have refused to implement such a response;
- We have therefore been existentially betrayed.
This betrayal is an ethical obscenity:
a heinous act without parallel in human history.
Extinction Rebellion is courageously protesting the UK government’s inaction on climate change. However, its strategy is flawed because it ignores SRM.
Since the early 1990s the IPCC has progressively distanced itself from the agreed-upon target of safe concentration levels because of the latter’s incompatibility with capitalism, growth, and rich-world affluence.
This report was a response to mounting concerns about the 2°C limit. However, it once again utilizes the IPCC’s false strategy: to focus on emissions rather than concentrations, and to aim for a temperature limit (which permits growth) rather than safe concentration levels (which do not).
“Denialism” conventionally refers to the denial of GHG problems, but the real danger is the denial of GHG solutions – particularly for the melting Arctic. This form of denialism is one of the IPCC’s key functions.
Aside from manipulations, IPCC support remains strong due to the material interests of the global rich. Seriously addressing the GHG crisis would mean a significant reduction in rich-world consumption levels.