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Konnte nicht anders. Habe meinen Sonntag mit Gedanken zu Klima & fossilem Kapitalismus begonnen. Für Anregungen & Literaturhinweise etc. bin ich dankbar (@HalleVerkehrt, @MuellerTadzio, @FFFbleibtAktiv).
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Teil der inhärenten Logik des #Kapitalismus ist die Inwertsetzungsmaschinerie auf alle Bereiche auszudehnen (Edward Said nannte es „the commodification of everything“). Potenziell wird alles zur Ware. Arbeitskraft, menschl. Beziehungen, Boden, Umwelt, saubere Luft, Wasser, etc.
Dieses System unterliegt einem Wachstumszwang – erkennbar in der Fokussierung auf bestimmte, sehr enge Kennziffern (BIP, BSP, BNE, etc). Die „Wirtschaft“ müsse „wachsen“ – ein Mantra, dass Code für die expansive Logik der Maschinerie ist.
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On Tues @JoeBiden announced his plan to create millions of jobs, redevelop America's infrastructure & rebuild our economy after the devastation of Trump's #COVID19 mismanagement.

His speech launched new campaign messaging. Here I'll break it down & (ahem) offer some notes.

First of all, let me say it's a great speech—optimistic and inspiring.

It has the rhetorical fingerprints of @EvergreenAction (which is to say the climate staff of @JayInslee and @ewarren) all over it.

For example, as others have noted, @JoeBiden nods to @ewarren in promising not to "tinker around the edges" but seize this moment in history to create big structural change.

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The #LandUse report by the government's Committee on Climate Change (@theCCCuk) is a pathetic damp squib of a document, hopelessly unmatched to the scale of our climate and ecological emergencies.
In this thread, I'll explain why:
@theCCCuk To give one example, it calls for measures to encourage a 10% cut in cattle and sheep numbers by 2050.
But this reduction is way less than the *existing trajectory*, as people turn away from red meat.
And by 2050, cultured meat may have nixed the entire sector.
@theCCCuk The UK has the most wasteful farming practices in Europe. Vast tracts of land produce negligible amounts of food. For example, sheep farming occupies ~4m ha, roughly equiv to all our arable and horticultural land, yet produces just 1.2% of our calories.…
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1. Hurricane Dorian horror
2. African rainforest fragmentation
3. Somalia extreme weather
4. Mozambique cyclones
5. Victoria Falls drying up
6. Chile megadrought
7. Antarctic fragility
8. Arctic fires
9. Amazon fires
10. Shrinking food supplies

Climate shocks 2019.
Is it possible that Hurricane Dorian was the deadliest hurricane ever?
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1. Wildfires are unstoppable.
2. Droughts are never-ending.
3. Hurricanes are uncategorisable.
4. Heat waves are unsurvivable.
5. Floods are unprecedented.
5. Hail storms are deadly.
7. Cyclones are monstrous.
8. Firenadoes are hell on Earth.

Nobody knows this planet.
'We “cannot stop these fires, they will just keep burning"...…
Central Chile, where most Chileans live, is in a situation that scientists are referring to as “megadrought.”…

Civilization-Collapsing Megadroughts of Medieval Times Could Be in Store for a Warming Earth:…

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#Inktober catch up 31/31 #Cuckoo #inktoberredlist I had to finish off with the cuckoo, as they symbolise for me what has been called 'shifting baseline' syndrome. My 'nature' base line of growing up the UK in the 70's was full of insects, and birds.
Huge flocks of sparrows, starlings and lapwing. So many flies and insects that we needed a fly screen on the back door. Thunderbugs and ladybird swarms. The car bonnet covered in insects after a short journey. The sound of cuckoo's every Spring. Dead hedgehogs on the roads!
That was my 'normal'. For most of my children's generation that has changed, to the point where they don't even know the names of everyday birds, because they've never seen one. @robgmacfarlane and @JackieMorrisArt writing a book, The Lost Words, to help children 'rediscover' and
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When looking at the violence on the streets in Chile keep in mind this footage of riot cops snorting cocaine before heading off to batter protesters
Keep in mind that Chile is now one of the most unequal countries in the world
Keep in mind that Chile is ruled by a Billionaire former businessmen
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On Wednesday I intend to be arrested at #ExtinctionRebellion. These are my reasons:
1. History shows that when people are prepared to jeopardise their own liberty, other people realise that they mean what they say, and take their campaigns more seriously.
2. I have urged other people to join @ExtinctionR, and many of them have been arrested. It would be wrong to encourage other people to do something I am not prepared to do.
3. As a white, middle class man with an established career, I am less vulnerable than the great majority of other people. I feel I have a moral duty to use this privilege for the sake of those without such liberty and without my voice.
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I would dearly love the chance to debate #ClimateBreakdown with @afneil, or the presenters of the other big BBC programmes. But it seems they prefer to discuss it only with less experienced people. I wonder why?
I'm told by a senior BBC figure that the reason I'm rarely invited to speak by @BBCNews and Current Affairs is that "you're seen as an extremist".
I think this says more about the BBC than it says about me.
Real extremism has been normalised by the BBC: extreme neoliberals and extreme nationalists are all over its airwaves.
But those urging respect for other people and the rest of life on Earth are shut out.
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What's that? Just me, sitting weeping of relief in my kitchen, because the NHS gave me 2 months worth of cancer meds rather than 1. My cancer meds are at risk from Brexit. I didn't even know how worried I was until I opened the bag and realised I'm safe until mid December.
Fuck Johnson, fuck Farage, fuck all their enablers and travel companions. How dare you do this to all of us - all of us who want to be in this country, work, learn, live, be with our families, be safe from basic harm and deprivation. HOW DARE YOU.
Whoops sometimes I forget twitter is out loud. I did have cancer back in 2016, the 😍NHS got rid of it, but the drugs are necessary to tilt the odds to keep it from coming back. And crazy old socialist me - I think I deserve a govt who will at a basic level try to keep me alive.
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If you're interested in #traffic, Amazon deliveries, logistics, #congestion, #environmental issues, and #ClimateBreakdown then grab a cup of tea,.

Settle in for a long thread on same-day delivery, it comes with 14 parts and some additional commentary👇
Let's start with a fun challenge.

Pick 30 random addresses in the town in which you live. Then pick 30 randomly sized items available on Amazon, one for each address. Your task is to plan a journey that minimises the driving time and gets them delivered in a day. 1/14
Now let's make it harder, select 1000 random addresses, and 1000 randomly sized packages.

You've got five days to fulfil all the orders this time, and ten vans with which to work. You've got an hour to get the journeys planned. 2/14
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Did you catch @BillMcKibben’s article in the @NewYorker last week?

TL;DR? No worries, we summed it up for you. [IN THREAD]

Hint: It’s about the ONE thing we can do to hit the fossil fuel industry where it hurts 🤑… #fossilfinance
@billmckibben @NewYorker "This spring, we set another high mark for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere: 415 parts per million, higher than it has been in many millions of years."
"The summer began with the hottest June ever recorded, and then July became the hottest month ever recorded."
@billmckibben @NewYorker But there’s good news, too: as more and more people are joining in the fight. (See @GretaThunberg, @ExtinctionR and more!)

“The question is, what levers can we pull that might possibly create change within the time that we need it to happen?” Hint: it’s 💰💰💰

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There is a desire for governments and media to bluntly explain the consequences of an unchecked #ClimateChange.

Well, then you should take a look at this.👇Accessible and easy to understand.

Part 1/4: What happens to Earth at 2°C of warming?

[THREAD 1/5]

Copyright by @SkyNews
"If global temperatures rise by 2°C, the chances of avoiding a 3°C increase are slim — and here’s why."

The creators of the film have not yet considered that permafrost is already thawing.

Part 2/4: What happens to Earth at 3°C of warming?

[THREAD 2/5]

Copyright by @SkyNews
Watch this video very carefully because we are currently heading straight for this scenario. 👇

In view of this, who can still put economic interests ahead of #ClimateProtection?

Part 3/4: What happens to Earth at 4°C of warming?

[THREAD 3/5]

Copyright by @SkyNews
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UK bridges carry big messages about one of the biggest contributors of environmental destruction and no... it isn’t the industry you think it may be.

#banner4change #bannerforchange
You can’t have failed to hear about climate activist Greta Thunberg, a 16‐year‐old school girl making her voice heard for climate justice amongst our most powerful leaders and politicians.

#bannerforchange #EarthOvershootDay
Despite the awareness she’s created, many feel the response is too slow, ‘criminal’ even, given the emergency of the situation, with groups such as Extinction Rebellion blasting the inaction of those in charge..

#banner4change #climatechange
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I used to be afraid of horror movies. I watched some with my brother last night, and now I understand. How very quaint and soothing they were - an escape from the relentless horror of seeing #ClimateBreakdown, present and future, all around.…
I'd much rather see conventionally-attractive white teenagers eaten by monsters or whatever than imagine the anguish of millions of city dwellers without water, for months, despite the city still sending waters to those who bottle and sell it. #Harare #Zimbabwe
I used to use that example as hyperbole of how markets cannot be expected to deal with environmental degradation: that the last glass of drinkable water on earth would go to some rich dude's swimming pool, rather than to a poor person suffering from thirst. Fear not, fiction.
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George Osborne for head of the IMF: because the Grim Reaper really needs an extra fucking hand at killing off the 99% worldwide.…
I mean seriously, can't we just let #ClimateBreakdown and #Ecocide take care of humanity? Do we have to bring a fucking hereditary psychopathic British upper class twit Baronet into it?…
Nono, literally aristocratic fucking capitalists are like, no, the cataclysm is *not* accelerating fast enough for us, all these poor people are not going to just die off by themselves, we need *worse* financial policies please and thank you.
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Two weeks ago, on Sat 15th of June, Geneva was hit by a monster storm, with high winds, huge hail and bucketing fall of lashing rain. I was caught outside in it. I sheltered with terrified families & kids in a bus shelter. Kids stood on the bench, adults tried to stay in shelter.
Then the bus shelter started flooding from all the rain, with swirling dark water. We were pushed outward towards the hail. I had an umbrella and was trying to keep it open to stop the hailstones from hitting us, but the hail hit my legs. It left bruises. Finally a bus came.
I got on with two kids who were on their way home (guess 10-11-12 years old?). They were terrified out of their wits. I told them I would help them home. But it was not straightforward. We had to change from bus to tram, and we had to cross 3 streets. The kids were so scared ...
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I had an epiphany today (which means someone probably thought of this and said it better a couples of decades ago at least - but hear me out). When we talk about the burden of reconsidering our ways of production and consumption because of #ClimateBreakdown & #Ecocide ... 1/
we're really talking about moving away from the worldview of consumerism, of "homo economicus", of our only purpose being consumption. When we are demanding of our societies to enable us to live without damaging our life support systems, we are blowing consumerism sky high. 2/
Because being alive, as a sentient life form, doesn't mean being force-fed whatever some megacorp needs to stay afloat. It means being a knowing part of our world, not an ignorant funnel for consumption. 3/
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Hi everyone! 👋 A few weeks ago, I went into my son's classroom, and taught a bunch of 4-7 year olds about the causes, effects, impacts and actions they could take on #ClimateBreakdown
This blog tells that story.…
I encourage you to do the same: the props are simple, the time is minimal, the reward is immense. You'll cry, you'll laugh, you'll help the next generation manage their way into the Anthropocene. What could be more important?
Backstory for fun: this was my son's first reaction when I raised the topic 😂.
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No words. #WaterCrisis
“40% of India’s population will have no access to drinking water by 2030, the report said.”
Good evening everyone. Some replies are mentioning climate refugees as a threat, or as something to motivate right-wing people to care about #ClimateBreakdown. I have [strong] thoughts about that 👇. Have a read first?
Good morning. Except to the people who are answering "birth control" and other such ecofascist anti-human hatefulness in replies. They can fuck right the fuck off to fuck and then fuck off some more.
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Woke up with the climate horrors again. Thinking of the millions in India facing the heat and lack of water. Heat at this level kills, it harms, people, animals (wild & domestic), crops. This is what true horror looks like, and we are only at 1 degree of warming, heading for 4.
But 1 degree is already enough to mean we have left the Holocene behind. The Holocene is the pink zone in this figure from the IPCC SR1.5. The Holocene started after the last ice age, 12'000 years ago. Agriculture, cities and civilizations all happened during the Holocene. 2/
We have moved Earth into a climate with no previous analog in terms of speed of change, and no previous analog in terms of the experience of our species. Homo genus is 2 million years old: the last time there were 400ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere was 3 million years ago. 3/
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Tired, on a delayed train crawling through Europe. Story time!
Yesterday I was walking my son to school. I noticed he was holding his breath every time a car drove by.
- What are you doing?
- I don't want to breathe the pollution in.
- Uh ok, I understand.
Note that this doesn't come from me: they have sustainability exposure sessions at his school where some lovely dude talks to the kiddies about sustainable mobility and all that. I don't talk to him about air pollution, just #ClimateBreakdown. Back to the story.
I don't want him to freak out, so I try to reassure him.
- You can still breathe. It's not so bad right here. [Meanwhile I'm thinking of the sick children of Leeds & London.]
- You know? It would be he helpful if people could SEE the pollution. That way they would know.
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