Common Dreams has a piece from Environment News Service headlined Giant Earth Art Displays Dramatize Climate Urgency.
Bill McKibben’s company, 350 Earth, has put together a bunch of giant arty displays that can be seen from space. They will be photographed and the photographs will somehow encourage the saving of the biosphere.
Pretty pictures pretty useless.
To quote The Lion’s comment at the site:
All very pretty.
And pretty useless.
How about organizing a thousand informed, intelligent people to hit congressional offices every day to counter the money and people the energy companies are pouring into congressional campaigns?
How about organizing a major attack against the media, to get them to start focusing on climate for real, with real science, day after day after day?
How about organizing major boycotts against polluters?
How about finding dozens of people to hound people like Inhofe and the other deniers everywhere they go, every day?
How about getting some of those billionaires who have profited so handsomely from the Oil Age to pony up serious money to save the biosphere?
Where are the organizers who can put all that together? Until they show up, the pols and the deniers and the wealthy profiteers and the citizenry aren’t really going to take the matter seriously. They’ll not act until their houses flood and they can’t get food because nobody can grow enough.
The people who are screwing over the planet for money don’t give a damn about pretty pictures from space. They’ll be laughing up their sleeves while pouring money and personnel into the places where decisions are made, where lawmakers can be bought and sold, where corruption rules, whether subtle or broad, and the major place the corrupter’s money goes is into the Congress of the United States.
Catastrophic climate change is deadly business. Congress and its wealthy enablers just think of it as business. Pretty pictures won’t change their minds.
Focused action, focused mass action, focused financial action, focused intelligence can make a difference.
Pretty pictures and rock concerts are nothing more than feel-good ego nonsense birthed by a celebrity-worshipping adolescent culture that thinks that Beyoncé, the Pope, and a royal wedding will save the world.
It’s not a celebrity issue and it’s not an intellectual issue, not any more. The time for polite conversation is over, the time for rock concerts is over, the time for pretty pictures is over.
If the climate people don’t get serious, if they don’t turn into a bunch of hardasses, if they don’t play as ugly as the other side, then everybody dies. Sooner rather than later.