It is very difficult for most members of the American press/academia/punditry to accept the idea that their core thinking on climate change and the planetary crisis has been bounded and shaped by Carbon Lobby propaganda... much less grapple with the implications of that fact.
Nonetheless, almost all of us accept as givens ideas about climate change and global sustainability and frames about how to discuss them that were never true, or are no longer true.
There's the really obvious one: The idea that the science of climate change is in question.
No real debate about the science of climate change has existed for at least two decades (arguably much longer)—it's here, we're causing it, it's getting worse and we know why.
One of the things that keeps me up at night is my growing sense that many who rightly demand more justice in the world do not understand the unprecedented injustice of the crises we've set into motion (and are rapidly worsening through inaction on climate and sustainability).
We speak, for the sake of brevity, of "the climate movement."
But there is not one climate movement, but several different movements of people who want climate action, and the tensions between them are rising as younger people get more engaged.
2. We can see this best, right now, in the U.S. where there is, first, the old mainline environmental movement, which has done the bulk of climate advocacy work for decades.
Largely, this advocacy work has focused on cap-n-trade/CO2 tax policies and support for clean energy.
3. Mainline enviro groups have tended to treat climate as an environmental issue, indeed, often as one that must be weighed against others (we see this for instance in opposition to windfarms out of concerns for potential bird kills).
I care deeply about rolling back this tide of fascism, racism & corruption, and building far more just, honest & fair democracies for everyone.
This is the time for that fight.
That said, I have never been more worried about another, larger threat.
2. Our planet is in crisis.
This crisis is inarguably the largest present threat to human well-being around the world, right now, and it's getting worse fast.
It ought to be the main focus of human attention, everywhere.
3. Huge numbers of scientists who study the Earth's climate, oceans and ecosystems—and experts who study food, water, public health, migration and international security—are warning us that these systems are plunging into crisis, with each crisis impacting the other crises.