We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Monday, December 3, 2012

In Search of the Climate Front in the US

Click here to access article by David Kerans from Strategic Culture Foundation

The author provides a good framework for understanding what is happening in the US today with regard to global warming/climate issues.
Paradoxically, despite the obviousness of extraordinary weather patterns and the seriousness of the implications, the politics surrounding natural resources and climate in the US are deeply hidden from view… As we shall see below, struggles related to resources and climate change are proceeding on at least four fronts, three of which are not going well.
The four fronts are as follows:
  • Washington: The Phony Front
  • Natural Gas Statehouses
  • The Municipal Front
  • The Privatization Front: From Budget Crises to Environmental Despoliation