EXCERPT FROM THE INTRODUCTION:
Given this availability of solutions (which are largely absent from the North
American media), we authors concur that the political, media, and moral failures
to act decisively have now become willful crimes against life itself.
This conscious refusal to act with purpose helps to answer the questions,
“Where is the human outcry for earth’s life-support? Why have we failed to
seize control of our survival? ”
Trappist monk Thomas Merton explored a similar mystery in the 1960’s. During
the nuclear madness of the Cold War, he coined the term “the unspeakable” to
describe a vacuum that can be utterly void of compassion and responsibility.
This moral abyss is still very much alive within the deep military-industrial state
that Eisenhower warned about in 1961. The public needs to acknowledge and
understand this nihilistic mind-set, which will be discussed in a brief section,
“Confronting the Unspeakable.”
Pope Francis, in his 2015 Encyclical Letter – which was backed by all the major
world faiths – referred to climate change as “a sin against God.”
Following the Pope’s declaration, the UN Paris climate summit was signed by 195
countries – yet astonishingly our North American national governments persist
in activities of deep denial, as they rush ahead with new pipelines.
And incredibly, against decades of IMF and World Bank pressure to phase them
out, governments continue to subsidize fossil fuels to the globally suicidal
extent of trillions of dollars worldwide, as if our political leaders wished to
destroy our future.
Simply stopping these subsidies would be an instant game changer.
Another powerful strategy is legal action against governments for the crime of
omission to protect the right to life of their populations – a public trust duty that
dates back to Roman times and early British common law.
This book is presented in two parts: Crimes Against Life and Humanity, and
Game Changers for Survival. It will present:
1) the escalating emergency caused by rapidly increasing CO2, methane, and
2) the ongoing political and media efforts to suppress climate change as a
crisis: by denial, by under-reporting solutions to it, and by fixating on adaptation
to daily extreme weather events while failing to urge radical emissions
3) the emerging and largely unreported opportunities for major sectors of
the economy to transition to renewable energy, while increasing jobs and profits.
4) A special chapter called “Mission Impossible,” introduces entirely new
thinking on how powerful and transformative action can begin immediately.
In spite of all obstacles, we are encouraged to see powerful game changers on
the horizon: for one, the markets are forging ahead to bring wind and solar
energy into mainstream dominance over fossil fuels.
Another is the signatories to the Subnational Global Climate Leadership (alias
Under 2°C), which represents 1.2 billion people on six continents, and 37% of the
global economy. Its 175 jurisdictions pledge “emission reductions for a
trajectory of 80 to 95 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.”
Completely blacked out by the media since its inception in 2015, this outstanding
initiative has been called a game changer by former UN Secretary General, Ban
Predictably, many such survival responses are being downplayed and ignored
by the corporate media, which, although it now reports incessantly and
superficially on climate change, is still criminally tied to the profits and
employment generated by oil, natural gas, and coal.
It is very late – but not too late – to recognize and address the crime of ecocide
in the form of business-as-usual. There is still time for the planet to recuperate,
but we must start emergency life-saving measures to reduce CO2 emissions to
near-zero. (These measures are explored in the chapter “Mission Impossible.”)
The truth embedded in climate science is unstoppable, and solutions whose
time has come simply need to be elevated into general consciousness and
translated into government action, which is a central purpose in writing this book