Diagnosing the Climate Emergency

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

— Upton Sinclair

Paul Chatlin had a big problem. He couldn’t walk 10 steps without feeling excruciating pain in his chest. He went to the cardiologist who diagnosed him with a 100% blocked artery and two 65% blocked arteries.

So far, Paul’s story is the same as every other heart patient, but here it takes a different twist.

In general, 99% of the people in Paul’s position would be asked to undergo a triple-bypass heart surgery. Such surgeries cost $125K and the medical/pharmaceutical/insurance industrial complex makes a lot of money on such surgeries. The alternative that Paul’s cardiologist offered him was to go on a whole foods plant-based diet which cured his heart disease. This alternative requires a lifestyle change which is not compatible with the system of normalized violence we live in.

The Earth has a big problem. The greenhouse gas concentrations in its atmosphere have increased beyond what has been seen on Earth in 3 million years and the increase has happened at least 10 times faster than any such increase in the paleontological record. But 99% of the people who have diagnosed the Earth’s dire condition fail to talk about lifestyle changes that can cure the Earth’s problem. It is quite obvious that our current system of normalized violence is fundamentally unsustainable and that a new system of normalized nonviolence is called for. Yet environmental organizations don’t want to talk about it. The UK government has now declared a climate emergency, but it doesn’t talk about lifestyle changes either.

Is this silence dictated by the estimated $100 Trillion cost of a “triple-bypass heart surgery” that corporations are planning to inflict on Mother Earth? Will life on Earth survive this proposed “surgery”?

Why subject the Earth to this surgery when we can all go Vegan and transform to a system of normalized nonviolence? The only losers will be corporations, but since when did we agree to governments of the corporations, by the corporations, for the corporations?

I don’t see that in the Constitutions I have signed up to over the course of my life.

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1 Comment
  • Michael Newnham
    Posted at 15:53h, 03 May Reply

    The UK is taking baby steps at the moment. It has become difficult for the government to claim (although they do) that UK emissions have come down while economic growth has gone up. Extinction Rebellion has forced them to recognise the problem, and Extinction Rebellion recognises the problem of eating animals. The government and corporations wants to spend money on technology. I think the debate will soon turn to carbon budgets, carbon rationing, and radical lifestyle change. Extinction Rebellion, and hopefully scientific groups like the Tyndall Centre will see to it. Fingers crossed.

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