Thread by @theresphysics. This is why social science (beyond mainstream economics) is so important in facing #ClimateBreakdown: it's fine to make mistakes, but then you bloody well have to learn from them. Appealing to "political feasibility" has been a HUGE failure. 1/
Putting political feasibility (i.e. starting from status quo power structure, economic trends, current policy landscape) above the existential risk to humanity and the living world has led to
(1) continuous growth in emissions, with no end in sight
[thread break to feed breakfast to child] 3/
[False alert he went back to bed.]
(2) Obsession with political feasibility leads us to climate agreements where fossil fuels aren't even mentioned 4/
(3) climate summits where fossil industries corrupt the whole process and their corruption is protected by the UN secretariat 5/…
(4) and a few petro-states hold up the international acceptance of UN commissioned scientific reports on climate science 6/
(5) obsession with political feasibility has led us to IPCC reports, in the year of our lord 2018, which don't mention divestment and measures to actually stop fossil fuel industries, leaving academics like @fergusgreen lone voices in the wilderness. 7/…
(6) also with IPCC scenarios that can't even envision economic degrowth, and strongly equate GDP per capita with human well-being (even though growth-at-all costs is a surefire recipe for mass death and destruction). 8/…
(7) political feasibility uber alles has also left us with few (or fringe) discussions on necessary huge demand-side shifts in consumption patterns, like mobility, housing, diet etc. Just so much fail. 9/
(8) also no and few discussions around the political economy of achieving climate change shifts, which is why we don't even have the correct diagnosis and post-mortems of so much failed climate policy advice. 10/
And that's just off the top of my head while I'm procrastinating answering emails and being a neglectful parent, ja?
So, yes, no patience whatsoever with starting with "political feasibility". It's a failed strategy and its proponents are too blinkered to learn the lessons. 11/
So we desperately need social sciences: history, political science, political economy, sociology, psychology, arts, humanities on board. And any and all of them will say that starting from "political feasibility" given the scale and power landscape of #ClimateBreakdown ... 12/
... is a losing strategy. There are lots of other strategies we can adopt: civil disobedience (@ExtinctionR ), changing our understanding of a functioning economy (#DoughnutEconomics), changing our government and understanding of ambition (#GreenNewDeal). Let's do those, ja? End/
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