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Don’t despair

Boyd Kellner, Newrybar

These last few months should serve as a salient reminder of the unusual weather and events – mega bushfires, droughts, as a wake up call for tackling the unfolding climate emergencies. To argue otherwise is anthropogenic climate change denialism.

For some, the sense of helplessness, feeling overwhelmed, ‘what can I do, that will make a difference as an individual?’ fits neatly into the political neo-liberal mindset – despair, alienation, nihilism.

The failure to recognise this condition is symptomatic of an atomised society, not cognisant of the fact humans, as social beings can collectively bring positive political change. Understanding political agency – as political power, by people, not the institutional political class, is vital to achieving this change.

Understanding the drivers of climate change means understanding the system of organising production according to what is most profitable. Limitless pursuit of eternal profit cannot respect nature’s boundaries, resulting in the collapse of ecosystems, and destruction of large swathes of natural habitat and wilderness.

Extinction Rebellion (XR) is demonstrating people power by taking organised collective action, as a global protest organisation.

Extinction Rebellion, however, is lacking any real understanding of realpolitik of capitalist power; though it has the potential to grow larger and develop politically through democratic debate, and new ideas.

Progressive social change does not come from above, it comes by agitation and collective struggle by ordinary people from below. The power is in our collective hands.


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4 responses to “Don’t despair”

  1. Willaim says:

    I,ll give you the benefit of the doubt Boyd and assume you are an intelligent, well informed and probably well meaning “symptom of our atomised society” (whatever the bloody hell that means). So what do you make of the fact that during the last UN Conference when Greta performed that 500 Climate Scientists presented a proposal to be discussed at the UN titled, “THERE IS NO CLIMATE EMERGENCY”. And were totally ignored. Also take into account the fact that Michael Mann, adviser to the UN, architect of the climate J curve, has had his case thrown out of court, falsified data and his disaster algorithms rubbished. Are all those scientist ACCD,s crooks?. Sorry, sport, AGW has collapsed, its a charade, a bigger scam than Y2K and the only people supporting it are inner city hipsters, FNC dreamers and charlatans selling windmills.

  2. Matthew says:

    what information, how many studies, and from what sources will you ever accept?

  3. Matthew says:

    Willaim, Sounds like you think know more than climate scientists, meteorologists, ecologists, historians, farmers, doctors and everyone who listens to whatever they’re saying. Hmm, I prefer Boyd’s assessment. Not only does he put a name to what he’s saying, he’s not making sh*t up like you and your 500 fake scientists. So what qualifications do you have to rubbish the experts – not just garbage sourced from sceptic websites.

  4. Willaim,
    Gosh your observing ability on the climate around you is obviously blind or side tracked by ideology

    Everyone of us has to get real, adapt or die.
    .

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