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Monbiot on the politics of Climate Change: The process is dead, a new conversation starts
Monbiot has delivered a rather dark assessment of the process of climate change mitigation politics.
The process is dead he summarizes.
"Greens are a puny force by comparison to industrial lobby groups, the cowardice of governments and the natural human tendency to deny what we don't want to see. To compensate for our weakness, we indulged a fantasy of benign paternalistic power – acting, though the political mechanisms were inscrutable, in the wider interests of humankind. We allowed ourselves to believe that, with a little prompting and protest, somewhere, in a distant institutional sphere, compromised but decent people would take care of us. They won't. They weren't ever going to do so. So what do we do now?"
Then Jamie Henn, one of founders of the 350 movement responded in a more upbeat fashion in the Huffington Post:
"Thankfully, there's a new movement that's been building up outside and inside the established environmental groups. All around the world, there's a new set of Young (twittering) Turks that are shaking up the status quo and offering a new way forward."
An interesting debate. Keep up the good work everybody!