Is Climate Change War?
Is it useful to think of climate change as a “world war”?
David Roberts, August 18, 2016 (Vox)
Editor’s note: This piece and the one it references should be read in full.
“Bill McKibben — author, activist, mensch, and, though he would hate me saying so, the closest thing the climate movement has to a spokesperson — [wrote recently that climate change is tantamount to a global war. The analogy] has been bouncing around climate circles for years…[T]he piece is thought-provoking, elegantly written, and suffused with moral urgency. Go read it…Praise 1: The war metaphor helps convey the significance of 2 degrees…Praise 2: [It gives a] tangible sense of what mobilization would look like…Critique 1: No mention of the elephant in the room…[Anything close to the kind of mobilization McKibben is talking about would require legislation and that] requires Republican assent. And Republicans a) reject the very existence of climate change and b) do not, and will not, cooperate with Democratic presidents…Critique 2: War requires a big tent…[W]hile I think it is laudable to speak frankly about the scale of the challenge, I worry about being too prescriptive, too specific…Note of despair: Climate change defies all metaphors…” click here for more