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Climate Doublespeak from Jeb

April 17, 2015 By: Dale Lature G+ Category: ecotheology, Occupy Theology, OWS

Jeb Bush: “The climate is changing and I’m concerned about that,” Bush responded. “But to be honest with you, I’m more concerned about the hollowing out of our country, the hollowing out of our industrial core, the hollowing out of our ability to compete in an increasingly competitive world.”

Oh my gosh. In other words, NO, I’m not REALLY concerned, compared to this same old “inevitable progress”, “unlimited growth” bullshit that’s coming out of the other side of my mouth as I express “concern”. What a phony “CONCERN”. And what a frightening example of the absolute inability to realize REAL LIMITS to our “Progress”.

Denominational Witness re: Climate Crisis is lacking

April 16, 2015 By: Dale Lature G+ Category: ecotheology, Occupy Theology, OWS, People's Climate

As I did back in 2011 when Occupy Wall Street put the issue of income inequality and the 1% on the public agenda,  I am looking once again at the voice of the mainline denominations on the issue of the Climate Crisis.  I have thus far looked at the home pages of the United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church USA, Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Episcopal Church USA.  None of those home pages have anything about climate issues.  If there was anything that stood out,  it was that the site features a video prayer for the earth,  in observance of Earth Day.  Even there,  the obvious opportunity to make SOME overt statement of denominational awareness of the Climate Crisis is not apparent.  I will look next at the Southern Baptist Church (which really isn’t a “Mainline” Church anymore by their own preference,  since they eschew the notion of significant ecumenical theological comradery,  but instead prefer,  at the level of denominational leadership,  to be a “Evangelical Mainline/Religious Right” Church,  deeply in lock step with mainstream conservative American politics, which satisfies itself to be “non-committal” and therefore SILENT on the issue of Climate Change.  I also need to look at American Baptist Church, Cooperative Baptists, United Chuch of Christ, Christian Church (Disciples), Mennonites, Quakers (Friends), Congregational, and Reformed,  and I’m sure I’ve left out someone else.

@KHayhoe, Climate EcoTheology “re-programmer” for evangelicals

April 14, 2015 By: Dale Lature G+ Category: ecotheology, Occupy Theology, OWS, People's Climate

Kathryn Hayhoe is an extremely valuable voice in mainstream evangelicalism (even though her climate knowledge and convictions place her outside of that mainstream)…she has the healthy, undiluted theology (probably helped by the fact that she was outside of the American Religious Right for so long and never “learned” those outrageous associations with Right Wing political ideology.) It is sad that we are now forced to help people “shake off” those irrational , head in the sand tendencies of right wing evangelicalism and actually READ the Bible and listen to what Jesus taught.

This all came about as thought this morning because of a tweet recalling #comment-1966763207" target="_blank">a previous interview last fall with Kathryn 

On the “if we don’t get China to go along” meme

March 27, 2015 By: Dale Lature G+ Category: ecotheology, Occupy Theology, OWS, People's Climate

This is a thread of comments under the article “Head Of The Episcopal Church Says It’s ‘Sinful’ To Ignore Climate Change

A commenter posted about how “nothing will happen until China does something” (a typical argument against taking any action at all)

So I chimed in:

  • this will never get solved if everyone just “waits” on everyone else to act. That is ultimately CHILDISH. We might as well be saying that since EVERYONE doesn’t act in Christ-like fashion then neither will we. CopOut.
  • Ben Williamson · Top Commenter

    I think the “they don’t do it so we don’t have to either” excuse is the most pitiful tactic I’ve seen from climate change deniers. It’s like, after being pounded with so much evidence over the years, you finally accept climate change as reality, but you just can’t make the leap to agree with intelligent people in that we should work to do something about it.
  • Dale Lature · Top Commenter · Freelance Web Community developer/researcher at Freelance Web Community Researcher/Developer

    yep, Ben, that’s the next layer, but the only viable one to get into, since if we don’t , it wont make a bit of difference if we “believe in man-made global warming” or not. This next step is the actual economic/social change we must initiate if anything is to change. Naomi Klein’s book “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate” brought this home to me in a way that I can now no longer look back from being convinced it is the primary moral issue of our time, since very literally the whole of civilization as we know it is at stake.

Increasing Moral Engagement on Climate Change | ecoAffect

March 11, 2015 By: Theoblogical Category: ecotheology, Occupy Theology, OWS, People's Climate

How could it be that so many Republicans view global warming as a problem, but so few on the right are pressuring the government to take action to address it? – Robb Willer, Contributor to The New York Times

via Increasing Moral Engagement on Climate Change | ecoAffect.

The “gap” is actually believing it.  As in,  if you BELIEVE something,  you SHOW IT.  You actually act as if you think it’s a problem;  that it has importance.  These people who oppose ACTION on it are simply hypocrites.  It’s a “problem”,  but they give priority to the status quo.  So they REALLY don’t believe what they are saying,  if they say the “BELIEVE” its a problem.

Like Naomi Klein points out in This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate,  it’s an economic fight to the death.  Hopefully,  for the sake of us all,  people wise up and recognize that we won’t have an economy to speak of if we continue down this road.  And as Paul Gilding explains in The Great Disruption,  the sheer scale of the problems we face will become so obvious and so prevalent that we WILL be forced to reckon with what we have done and respond.  Hopefully,  we do this sooner rather than later,  for the longer we delay RADICAL action,  the more we invite the worst case scenarios to play out.  The sooner we act with conviction and determination,  the fewer of the worse case scenarios will hit us full force.

Economics have always driven this.  Even in the not too distant past,  Republicans were not adverse to expressing their agreement with the climate sciences.  When the urgency did not seem so great; when we , so to speak,  “had some time” to react (and did not act),  the things required of us (to begin to change our direction)  were less fundamentally challenging to our economic paradigm.  We could have responded and let markets work on what everyone agreed was the direction we should take.  We could have begun to remove subsidies to oil and coal and encourage the alternatives.  But the “age of exuberance”* was too much for us.  It continued to feed us with delusions of unlimited growth.

(* the age of exuberance is a phrase from William Catton’s great book “Overshoot”)

We’ve essentially thrown way our opportunity to “turn our economy around” and face the right direction.  We still need to “face the right direction”,  but the distance we now need to move,  and the speed in which we need to do it,  is a lot more daunting.  And to the Capitalist fundamentalists,  this is too much to ask,  and so the rejection grows into denial.  It’s now unacceptable to even acknowledge our problem.  And so we have a rush to the cliff.

What we must do now,  if we are to have any hope of adapting,  is to let the economic realities sink in,  so that we can see the limits (and that they are far behind us),  and reorient ourselves to the new world.  EAARTH, as BIll McKibben spells it,  to emphasize how the earth we now live on is different from the one on which humans expanded and multiplied;  the one that gave life to us and supported our life and survival.  It is we who have to adapt to the ecosystem,  as we are WITHIN it and dependent on it.  Not the other way around.