The EU has decided to stay in the Energy Charter Treaty, with provisions to protect fossil investments for another decade AT LEAST. This is a crime and failure of epic proportions. The campaign now moves national. Each country can still #ExitECT. #NoECT
The EU committing to protecting fossil fuels for another decade, just weeks after the @IPCC_CH report made clear that emissions need to drop NOW for BOTH 1.5 and 2 degrees warming basically is a commitment to >2 degrees futures.
Every climate group, in every country that is an ECT member, must now focus on getting their country out individually. Anything less is an abject betrayal of the future. No climate action can happen within this treaty. Read more here ... #exitECT #StopISDS
We are still waiting on full reporting on this. There may be more options via EU Parliament, but in principle this agreement has been made.
When the story this time is written (if it is 😭), people are going to be astounded the lengths to which our governments went to ensure our future was as terrible as possible. Like I said, "We must do this ourselves, working together. No one else will save us."

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Jun 25
3 central facts of our time are really rather simple to understand, but easily 99.9% of us don't, or don't act as if we do.
1⃣ Climate & ecological crises endanger the possibility of human civilization (simply defined as the ability to feed ourselves) *within* this century.
2⃣ Our leadership/governance institutions, whether democratic or authoritarian, capitalist or state-controlled, are close to fully captured by fossil fuel and animal agriculture interests, alongside other industries, and are not turning away from them.
3⃣ Only by organising together, forming broad purpose-driven coalitions, and acting as though we understand that this is the fight of our lives, for the rest of our lives, do we stand even the slightest chance of moving towards a more liveable world. This is not a drill ffs.
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Jun 22
Two reminders, because scientists-academics of all stripes absolutely need to start working 200% with popular movements:
1. No one is asking you to give up your scientific integrity ffs. This is a collaboration. You are still doing your job: just more effectively.
2. Don't fall for the accusation that you are now "doing politics." Guess what? Status-quo-supporting academics are "doing politics" all the darn time and no one ever accuses them of "doing politics."
Do: your job.
Don't: fall for dumb unfair accusations.
3. 99.5% of academics I have surveyed (an underestimate, lol) seem to think that working with popular movements means marching in the streets or stopping traffic or gluing yourself to a pipeline. While these are all great 🤣, that's not necessarily what the job entails.
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Jun 20
Dear people who work in geosciences, has anyone in your academic societies (cough @theAGU cough @EuroGeosciences) ever tried to confront the rampant problem with climate science denial in your topic? Because it exists and it is really, really bad, including teaching denial.
I have so far been in two faculties with geoscientists, and in both faculties, the fact that multiple members were climate deniers & taught climate denial was an open secret. It's allowed by academic freedom, sure. But it's also up to academic societies to clean up their houses.
Just because an academic field grew up with extractive industries, working for extractive industries, doesn't mean they get to lose their everloving minds, critical faculties and basic humanity when it comes to facts critical of these industries. For absolute shame.
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Jun 16
My friend lives in Seville. It is only June. I can't stand how fast we are putting ourselves into danger. I can't stand people casually driving around, in big cars, flying to conferences or on holiday, eating meat. I can't stand it. We are doing this to ourselves, to each other.
I know people like to play the "who to blame" game, and industry, capitalism, growth, the wealthy, etc are most to blame. I do it too.… But. Still. No one is forcing ANYONE to drive an SUV or guzzle meat or fly to fucking wherever on holiday.
We need to stop tolerating behaviour and policies that harm others, forever into the future. This "spring" will likely be the coolest that Seville will see this century and beyond. Think on that. We are having deadly heat waves on most continents and it's only mid June.
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We need to talk about this and I am not the right person to do it. We like to bash (fossil) capitalism, and the power of fossil industries, but actually state-affiliated industries are arguably even worse.…
We need to find another term that encompasses the various shades of state capture, from state-associated fossil regimes to fossil fuel companies imposing themselves on democracies by suing them under the Energy Charter Treaty, for instance.…
So one option I have seen which encompasses variants of state relations to industry would be "capital accumulation regime" , but I am not a real political or institutional economist, so I don't really know if this is suitable, or if there is a better term.
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1⃣ Russia is conducting a deadly, genocidal war in Ukraine.
2⃣ Ukraine gave up its nuclear weapons in return for promises of support for territorial sovereignty.
3⃣ The "West" is totally failing to support them at a sufficient level.…
“Everything now depends on what [the west] gives us,” said Skibitsky. “Ukraine has one artillery piece to 10 to 15 Russian artillery pieces. Our western partners have given us about 10% of what they have.”…
Western politicians have noticed that we are not in the streets supporting Ukraine every weekend. They think they can get away with letting Ukrainians, just, well, die. It's up to us to let them know they are wrong, and that we demand they support Ukraine's defensive war.
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