Desmond Tutu jumps a Megalodon-sized shark over climate change:
Twenty-five years ago people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change.
How nice of you to excuse them, your worshipfulness. Except I seem to recall, back then, all the alarmist reports about a ‘new Ice Age’…
Today we have no excuse. No more can it be dismissed as science fiction; we are already feeling the effects.
Oh, we don’t dismiss it as science fiction – we dismiss it as a religion, or as an opportunity to control people (if those two things aren’t the same thing…).
If the negative impacts of the pipeline would affect only Canada and the US, we could say good luck to them. But it will affect the whole world, our shared world, the only world we have. We don’t have much time.
Who can stop it? Well, we can, you and I. And it is not just that we can stop it, we have a responsibility to do so. It is a responsibility that begins with God commanding the first human inhabitants of the garden of Eden “to till it and keep it”. To keep it; not to abuse it, not to destroy it.
Throughout my life I have believed that the only just response to injustice is what Mahatma Gandhi termed “passive resistance”. During the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, using boycotts, divestment and sanctions, and supported by our friends overseas, we were not only able to apply economic pressure on the unjust state, but also serious moral pressure.
It is clear that those countries and companies primarily responsible for emitting carbon and accelerating climate change are not simply going to give up; they stand to make too much money. They need a whole lot of gentle persuasion from the likes of us.
That would be the ‘us’ that use the power they generate, and won’t be giving it up any time soon?
People of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change. We can, for instance, boycott events, sports teams and media programming sponsored by fossil-fuel energy companies. We can demand that the advertisements of energy companies carry health warnings. We can encourage more of our universities and municipalities and cultural institutions to cut their ties to the fossil-fuel industry. We can organise car-free days and build broader societal awareness.