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Yikes. Scientists Say Global Warming Has Been “Hugely Underestimated”

October 20, 2014 By: Dale Lature G+ Category: ecotheology, Occupy Theology, OWS, People's Climate

Scientists Say Global Warming Has Been “Hugely Underestimated”

via As Casualties Mount, Scientists Say Global Warming Has Been “Hugely Underestimated”.

A major study recently published in New Scientist found that “scientists may have hugely underestimated the extent of global warming because temperature readings from southern hemisphere seas were inaccurate,” and said that ACD is “worse than we thought” because it is happening “faster than we realized.”

From the above mentioned study:

Comparisons of direct measurements with satellite data and climate models suggest that the oceans of the southern hemisphere have been sucking up more than twice as much of the heat trapped by our excess greenhouse gases than previously calculated

Also covered in This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate,  the improvements in climate measurement technology has opened up the sobering thought that we have yet to see additional effects,  on top of the already cataclysmic effects already being predicted.  The complexity of the ecosystem should be clue one about how much we still dont know. Now we see evidence that it may be closer than we have long thought to when the chickens come home to roost.

Occupy London, Real Democracy @PopResistance #NotDeadYet

October 20, 2014 By: Dale Lature G+ Category: Occupy Theology, OWS

Occupy!

http://www.popularresistance.org/occupy-continues-in-parliament-square-for-real-democracy/

Doesn’t seem to be “dead”….

As long as corporate corruption and undemocratic shenanigans continue,  the people will not continue to acquiesce. Now if only we can light a fire under our populace here in the states.

If Londoners can do this,  why can’t we?  (Answer,  we can and do,  but it needs to get persistent and un-“missable”…..the #PeoplesClimate and #FloodWallStreet for instance.  And let’s not forget HongKong and #OccupyCentral.   Come on US Citizens!  People aren’t giving up around the world.  Until they listen and take this serious,  it’s no time to stop.  We have to MOBILIZE to REVOLUTIONIZE the economy for a host of reasons.  Most seriously threatening is the urgency of climate change,  and the CHANGE that this requires (just finished Naomi Klein’s book this weekend) and then finished Tavis Smiley’s Death of a King,  about the final year of MLK’s life,  and his dedication to extending his work into the realm of the taboo for U.S. oligrachs: The Economic “guiding principles” that run this country.  MLK stepped “over the line” with that forray into the forbdden.  The forces here in support of that 1% have grown powerful and entrenched,  and they have a media to “educate” us about “the way things are” (as they want us to see it).

Naomi Klein Live – This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate – YouTube

October 19, 2014 By: Dale Lature G+ Category: ecotheology, Occupy Theology, OWS, People's Climate

Naomi Klein, the award-winning journalist and author of global best-sellers The Shock Doctrine and No Logo discusses her most provocative book yet, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate. – from the YouTube description

We’ve continued on the road of more and more emissions for 25 years since we were told by scientists that this was  a perilous road.  There WERE initially many less radical solutions legitimately on the table (as far as the science goes) at that time.  But now, Naomi says,  “The solutions have become ideologically heretical”.  The economic system cannot continue to be left as is, unchecked,  and undaunted by the scenarios that have now become glaringly (and seemingly sufficiently) obvious.

This should be scaring a lot more people than it is.  When we see people laugh off the idea that “time is running out”, we get a glimpse of the mass denial that has been tragically and criminally thrust upon us by the forces of unchecked oligarchy;  forces which care only about their continued dominance and wealth,  to the detriment of everyone (including themselves).

This is a dire ECOTHEOLOGICAL crisis,  and therefore a direct theological crisis,  for if we irresponsibly push ourselves (or allow ourselves to be PULLED) down this road of climate degradation and upheaval,  there will be no more theology for us to do.  We will have abdicated our God-given responsibility and call to be stewards of life.

via Naomi Klein Live – This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate – YouTube.

.@Joerg_Rieger on Organizing Alternative Power & #OccupyTheology

October 18, 2014 By: Dale Lature G+ Category: Occupy Theology, OWS, Theoblogical

even faith-based organizing becomes problematic without the hard theological work of distinguishing liberative faith from status quo faith.
– Joerg Rieger in response to Romand Coles ‘ article:  Ecotones and the Arts of Radical Ecclesia and Radical Democracy | Syndicate.

 

For me,  and it seems also for Joerg Rieger,  the Occupy Movement provided the church with a model of organizing activism that emphasizes the “with” aspect of advocacy over the “for” (and so , unfortunately too often “Patronizing, we are helping these poor folks as our ministry”).

Rieger refers to the  “Theology of the Multitude” (indeed , it is the subtitle of the book) as a key to a “way of being” and embodiment as participants,  and as co-learners who are changed (and indeed HAVE BEEN CHANGED” by the people of the Occupy Movement.

Rieger asks a penetrating question of faith-based organizing movements that have forgotten the participatory and mutually transformative nature of the Occupy movement (and by extension,  all movements for seeking the Kingdom of God in some corner of the world, on some issue or set of realities that require attention to justice).

a good deal of faith-based organizing leads us right back into the hands of the system

Here is yet another place where Occupy contributed to some healthy theological soul-searching for the church;  our relationship to the system,  which is theological parlance is “the world”;  those “principalities and powers”.

Rieger also articulates something that is THE most frequent critique of Occupy I hear, and one that is undeniable,  given it’s eventual relegation to the social and political sidelines.  (Notice I didn’t say “death” or “extinction”).  What is important here, I think,  is that the model of leadership ; the “leaderless movement” is NOT ,  as many say ,  doomed to fail,  but simply needs to “keep working on” ,  as Joerg puts it:  “the question how alternative power can be organized in sustainable fashion”.

perhaps the Occupy movement was closer to organizing such alternative power than most people realized, judging by the drawn-out efforts to destroy it. – JR

I still believe this.

.@ThisChanges Everything: postcolonial independence movements “nipped in the bud”

October 18, 2014 By: Dale Lature G+ Category: ecotheology, Occupy Theology, OWS, People's Climate, Theoblogical

Indeed postcolonial independence movements—which so often had the redistribution of unjustly concentrated resources, whether of land or minerals, as their core missions— were consistently undermined through political assassinations, foreign interference, and, more recently, the chains of debt-driven structural adjustment programs

Klein, Naomi (2014-09-16). This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate (p. 454). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.

Naomi put her finger here on something that will be the thing that does us in unless a strong movement stops this in its tracks and FAST.  The forces “for profit” will panic when their sources for income are threatened.  Mosaddegh was one case/threat that has had massive repercussions,  creating a a whole generation of understandable backlash against the West, which has come to be associated with this “Savage Capitalism” that creates the reputation which is abhorred by the indigenous Middle Easterners.  We hear people say “They hate our freedoms”.  It seems they hate “our values” as they see them play out on the international, profit-driven, “D.C. bought-leadership” stage. The Corporate coup d’état.   And it continues it’s assault on the environment,  and the 99%,  and the workers who make the systems go so that their CEOS can continue to extract even more.

Even in that worldwide celebration of the “freeing of Mandela” and the victory of the African National Congress in the election, the economic powers remained in place,  and the new political faces succumbed to the forces of accumulated wealth:

Black South Africans won their core legal and electoral battles, but the wealth accumulated under apartheid remained intact, with poverty deepening significantly in the post-apartheid era. 9 —-Klein, Naomi (2014-09-16). This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate (p. 455). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.

We see this at work in the Obama administration re: those forces of “accumulated wealth”.  The banks were let off the hook and rewarded in the end,  and back at business as usual.  The income inequality gap has not been stymied,  and the environmental assurances Obama gave have simply not been visible in U.S. policy in international Climate talks.  His admonitions of the Chinese  seem hollow in the face of the recognition that the adoptions of capitalist principles in China look like and import of all the Extreme Extraction Technologies that have played a disproportionate role in the radical Climate change that is now happening. Postcolonialism has become Global Economy.