actually no, it does one more thing, it makes me very grumpy
protesting climate change or demanding international greenhouse gas reductions in no way constitute Fighting Back Against Neoliberalism, as a default they’re ways of participating in a neoliberal environmental imaginary dominated by theoretically simplistic biogeochemical abstractions, cost-benefit analysis and omnipresent but fluid risk, and pretending that it’s intrinsically some sort of radical challenge to the dominant social formation only makes it more difficult to mount any effective opposition
great seeing politicians and celebrities marching alongside indigenous protestors in new york but it strikes me that there’s an ugly undercurrent to the effect that acknowledging and supporting their sovereignty is contingent on a) the first nations in question being opposed to fossil fuel extraction on their land and b) said support being an effective instrument in advancing Climate Action Now rather than a basic obligation?
big announcements planned for “climate week” include more funding for technologies that reduce leaks from gas extraction in order to make fossil fuel exploitation more efficient and, in the long run, more profitable?
"Climate change in particular has radicalizing potential, as more and more people are beginning to question the prevailing economic system’s destructive effect on the environment."
REALLY. DOES IT NOW.
read a bunch of articles abt the people’s climate march this afternoon and so now i’m amorphously sad and angry at, yes, how we’re fucking up the global carbon cycle, but perhaps more sharply in this moment at Climate Change as a set of constraints on environmentalism and politics