« Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the Earth is our mother? What befalls the Earth befalls all the sons of the Earth.
This we know – the Earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the Earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. »
- Chief Seattle, from a speech in 1854 during the governor of Washington’s visit to a council of local tribal chiefs
Every part of global capitalist society is failing to make the « transformational changes » needed to avert the most disastrous consequences of the climate crisis concerning the energy sector, industrial agriculture, transportation, finance and technology.
Not one is altering their business model or seriously encouraging the modification of rampant consumerism in order to avoid 1.5 degrees Celsius in global warming beyond the pre-industrial era, the critical target of the Paris climate agreement. Most companies avoid making significant changes by tacking a « green » label on business as usual.
Current executives of many of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies and their lobbyists continue to minimize the climate science that they’ve been informed of for over 40 years.
Scientific American reported: « Exxon was aware of climate change as early as 1977. This knowledge did not prevent the company (now ExxonMobil and the world’s largest oil and gas company) from spending decades refusing to publicly acknowledge climate change and even promoting climate misinformation, an approach many have likened to the lies spread by the tobacco industry regarding the health risks of smoking. Both industries were conscious that their products wouldn’t stay profitable once the world understood the risks, so much so that they used the same consultants to develop strategies on how to communicate with the public. »
A report by the United Nations scientific body concluded that human activity; the burning of fossil fuels and massive deforestation for agribusiness and extractive industries is the « unequivocal » cause of climate change, and has already unleashed devastating changes around the globe.
Meanwhile, most of the colonizing countries of the G-20 continue their destructive extractive practices unabated, all over the globe, as Indigenous peoples and their allies struggle against them in order to protect water sources, forests, people, and the rest of the living world.
We are the deciders in our own lives and we can choose now to boycott products from deforestation; gold, palm oil, beef, soy, exotic wood, gem stones, etc.
Please choose to not purchase items that are transported from 3000 kilometers away and prefer locally-sourced, in-season products.
Buy less, repair, reuse, recycle and share.
We can choose to not contribute to the destruction and, instead, help mitigate the damage in order to insure a more viable future for all of the living world!