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.