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10 hours ago by kcarruthers
Why Do We Fail When We Try to Tell the Story of Climate Change?
"In a storytelling culture obsessed with bigger stories and higher stakes, climate change should be irresistible. And yet when we try to tell the story—whether it’s motivated by politics or the genre intuition that climate change is horror at the grandest scale—we fail, invariably, to do it well. Why?"

Wallace is right, these narratives aren't being told. Un-addressed in the article though is the belief that climate change—real climate change, not the 'Day After Tomorrow" or "Interstellar" kind—remains terribly abstract. We can't quite wrap our head around it. We like movies that can wrap-up the story and present the solution with a nice red bow in 2 hours or less. Climate change is abstract, it's causes complex and even now, after all that's been written about it, it's *unclear* just what life might look like at a 2, 3 or 4 degrees Celsius increase in average temperature.

We need storytellers who can take the hard facts and deliver them in easily discernable chunks, making the complexities of climate change relevant and understandable. CONTEXT is desperately needed along with voices that can bring THE MOST IMPORTANT CONCEPTS TO THE FORE.

Yes, driving a hybrid, installing solar panels on your house, eating less red meat and switching to LED lighting are all good ideas, and they're easily discernable to the average person, *but they won't solve climate change.*

The problem is, the average person—hell, even brilliant people—can't quite grasp the breadth and scope of what averting a catastrophic failure of human civilization requires, and is required SOON.

Wallace seems to state (in his new book and a recent NYT article) that a POLITICAL solution is required. YES. However, we need to be MORE SPECIFIC.

The US is, at least for now, the leading economic, political, military and cultural power in the world. How we go, much of the world goes without much coaxing. With some coaxing, many more nations will follow our lead. With some additional arm-twisting and economic, political, and cultural influence, we can likely get everyone who matters to follow our lead.

How do we lead?

Congress enacts sweeping legislation that directs money and resources to solve this problem. As many have stated, this is our generation's WWII, this is our Sputnik. Mobilize all resources at US disposal, including whatever influence is necessary to get all key global stakeholders on-board, to reduce carbon emissions by 45% by 2030 and net 0% by 2050 (per IPCC report recommendations).

Okay so, that's Congress, but WHAT ABOUT YOU AND ME?

As it stands right now, our current Legislative and Administrative branches of government are NOWHERE NEAR making any kind of moves like this. Quite the opposite, they're filled with climate change deniers and hardcore neo-liberals driven by the market, NOT by humanity.

Translation: U.S. voters must flip both Congress and the Presidency to representatives who will PUT HUMANITY FIRST and do hat's necessary to solve this problem. While those in power are obessed with hampering our democracy and removing power from the electorat, we still have somethign resembling a functioning representative democracy. US citizens must mobilize to vote into Congress and the Presidencey representatives who will do as we say, do as we require with regard to climate change.

As if that's not hard enough, this MUST be done at the 2020 election. That gives us ten years (until 2030) to have all measures in place to reduce carbon emissions by 45%.

If we don't flip the Legislative and Administrative branches of government at the 220 elections, we likely stand ZERO chance of averting the catastrophe of the runaway effects of climate change, as future elections will likely be too late to act.
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16 hours ago by jonhall
Car-free living better for combatting climate change than home improvements, says study - Curbed
Living car-free, avoiding airplane travel, and switching to a plant-based diet were three top solutions that weren’t heavily marketed as low-emissions solutions, yet carried the greatest impact.
18 hours ago by yk7
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22 hours ago by dalcrose
Citizens' Climate Change Lobby (CCL) UU Action Group
Welcome to the Unitarian Universalists' Action Team! We are bringing the power of UUism to advance CCL's goals.
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23 hours ago by cyberchucktx
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